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Former White House press secretary Jim Brady dies at 73

By The Associated Press

This article was published August 4, 2014 at 1:07 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The family of James Brady, the White House press secretary who was wounded during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, says he has died. Brady was 73.

Brady undertook a personal crusade for gun control after he suffered a devastating head wound outside the Washington Hilton Hotel on March 30, 1981.

A federal law requiring a background check on handgun buyers bears Brady's name.

Although Brady returned to the White House only briefly, he was allowed to keep the title of presidential press secretary and his White House salary until Reagan left office in January 1989.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is named in his honor.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more on this story.

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Nodmcm says... August 4, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

I will never forget seeing Jim Brady shot on television. The bullets flew, and of course President Reagan also got shot, though he recovered completely and Jim Brady was left in a wheelchair. It was a horrible day, and in time what made the whole situation worse was when we discovered that the shooter, John Hinckley, was 'acting-out' the plot of the film, Taxi Driver. So the whole affair was senseless and borne of delusion, yet Jim Brady remained in that wheel chair. Jim Brady and his supporters went on to create the Brady Center, focused on eliminating handgun violence. No matter how you feel about guns, you have to sympathize with those who regretted the life-changing injuries suffered by Jim Brady, and who at least tried to prevent such violence in the future. Jim Brady's life thus crossed from one partisan camp to another, as a result of the senseless violence of John Hinckley. May he Rest in Peace.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... August 4, 2014 at 6:31 p.m.

I also will never forget seeing Jim Brady shot on television. The bullets flew, and of course President Reagan also got shot, though he recovered completely and Jim Brady was left in a wheelchair. It was a horrible day, and in time what made the whole situation worse when it was discovered that the shooter, John Hinckley, was 'acting-out' the plot of the film, Taxi Driver. So the whole affair was senseless and borne of delusion, yet Jim Brady remained in that wheel chair. Jim Brady and his supporters went on to created Gun Grabbers Inc., focused on eliminating handguns in America. No matter how you feel about guns, you have to sympathize with those who regretted the life-changing injuries suffered by Jim Brady, and who at least tried to eliminate all hand guns in America. Jim Brady's life thus crossed from one partisan camp to another, as a result of the senseless violence of John Hinckley. May he Rest in Peace.

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djigoo says... August 4, 2014 at 6:49 p.m.

LOL@"eliminating all hand guns."

That's a lie, and you either KNOW it's a lie and are willfully bearing false witness, or else you're incapable of knowing the difference between the truth and fiction, in which case you're merely pitiable, not malevolent.

You tell me, D.

Which is it?

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... August 6, 2014 at 11:28 a.m.

Goo, history proves me to be correct.

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