James Brady, the Reagan staff member who was paralyzed in an assassination attempt on President Reagan’s life, has passed away at age 73. He is most famous for revolutionizing the gun control debate and leading the charge on almost two decades of gun control measures. Sure, the efforts he championed have shown no real benefit to our nation or the conversation on gun freedom but the media and the liberals loved to see a conservative fight against conservative values.
Here are just a few of the things said of him on his passing.
“Jim touched the lives of so many and has been a wonderful husband, father, friend and role model,” they said. “We are enormously proud of Jim’s remarkable accomplishments — before he was shot on the fateful day in 1981 while serving at the side of President Ronald Reagan and in the days, months and years that followed.”
James and his wife, Sarah Brady—sometimes described as the “first family” of gun control—became passionate evangelists for the gun-control movement, lobbying for stricter laws and eventually forming the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Their efforts culminated 12 years after the shooting with the passage of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, known as the Brady Bill. Signed into law by President Clinton, the new law ushered in the era of mandated federal background checks and waiting periods for many gun buyers.
When the law passed, the Reagan assassination attempt was still relatively fresh in America’s collective conscious, and Brady served as a powerful reminder of the need for such regulations. “What I was, I am not now,” Brady said at the time. “What I was, I will never be again.”
It wasn’t the last gun-reform bill Congress would pass, but even today, it’s the floor any subsequent legislation will stand on.