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Former White House Press Secretary James Brady Dead at 73
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Posted on 08/04/2014 11:18:31 AM PDT by matt04

Former White House Press Secretary James Brady, who was famously shot during the attempt on then-President Ronald Reagan's life in 1981, has died. He was 73.

"Jim touched the lives of so many and has been a wonderful husband, father, friend and role model," his family said in a statement. "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. Jim Brady's zest for life was apparent to all who knew him, and despite his injuries and the pain he endured every day, he used his humor, wit and charm to bring smiles to others and make the world a better place."

Brady was confined to a wheelchair after being shot and went on to become a leading voice for gun control.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act into law.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: banglist; bradybunch; guncontrol; jamesbrady; obituary; presssecretary; reagan
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1 posted on 08/04/2014 11:18:31 AM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04
Reagan was also shot and almost died, but recovered to be a great president. He opposed gun control.

Brady was shot and suffered brain damage. He supported gun control.

Draw your own conclusions.

2 posted on 08/04/2014 11:21:35 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("Don't be afraid. Just believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: Dr. Thorne

You think that Hinckley wanted a “do over” once he found out about Jodie Foster’s orientation?


3 posted on 08/04/2014 11:22:36 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: matt04

I suppose I’m not enough of a Christian. No empathy for someone who did so much to destroy this country.


4 posted on 08/04/2014 11:23:43 AM PDT by jonascord (Laeti vescimur nos subacturis)
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To: matt04

So he died as a result of gun violence, even if it took over 30 years.

/liberal mindset


5 posted on 08/04/2014 11:26:47 AM PDT by Disambiguator (#cornedbeef)
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To: matt04

Bye!


6 posted on 08/04/2014 11:28:57 AM PDT by chris37 (heartless)
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To: matt04
and went on to become a leading voice for gun control

should read "and went on to be wheeled out by his wife, who remains a voice for gun control"

he had no voice - he was a tool to her agenda

7 posted on 08/04/2014 11:29:39 AM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: matt04
I wonder who will get his privately owned machine gun collection? It must be worth a small fortune and it is transferable to private buyers.
8 posted on 08/04/2014 11:30:33 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: matt04

Rest in Peace...


9 posted on 08/04/2014 11:32:52 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: matt04

James Brady and his wife led a relentless thirty year jihad to disarm law abiding citizens, not criminals, so it’s difficult to muster up much sympathy here.


10 posted on 08/04/2014 11:33:03 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: jonascord

I always got the impression it wasn’t him but his nutcase wife.

Just like with Gabby Giffords. There’s no telling how much she’s even cognizant of gun control anymore, let alone competant to make any sort of conclusion about it.


11 posted on 08/04/2014 11:33:15 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: MasterGunner01

Does he really have a machine gun collection? I’ve never head about that.


12 posted on 08/04/2014 11:36:14 AM PDT by matt04
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To: tanknetter
I always got the impression it wasn’t him but his nutcase wife...

Me too. James was used as a prop on wheels.
13 posted on 08/04/2014 11:37:29 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: matt04

“famously shot” ?

Who writes this garbage.


14 posted on 08/04/2014 11:38:08 AM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: tanknetter

Agreed. The antifreedom Left turned him into a living prop.


15 posted on 08/04/2014 11:40:11 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely" - http://youtu.be/4HYy62qiOwA)
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To: jonascord

I suppose I’m not enough of a Christian. No empathy for someone who did so much to destroy this country.

...it’s not un-Christian to show no empathy...to dance on someone’s grave...that would be un-Christian...

...your tagline...is it ‘happily do we enjoy conquering’...?


16 posted on 08/04/2014 11:41:54 AM PDT by IrishBrigade (')
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To: matt04
First of all – Rest in Peace, and prayers for his family.

That being said, stand by for the inevitable onslaught from the Gun Grabbers for a push to get what they can in the way of eviscerating our Commonsense Civil Rights in his ‘honor’.

Just as they used Teddy Kennedy’s death to push Obamacare (IIRC).

The cadres of the nation’s socialist left never miss a trick in Forwarding their anti-freedom agenda.

17 posted on 08/04/2014 11:44:57 AM PDT by HammerT (The Right to keep and bear arms: A Commonsense Civil Right)
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To: Dr. Thorne

I believe that the gun control fight was more Brady’s wife soap box than his.


18 posted on 08/04/2014 11:45:26 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: matt04

And the 2nd amendment outlives another mortal that thought they had the power of a god over our liberty.


19 posted on 08/04/2014 11:46:11 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Revelation 911

Exactly


20 posted on 08/04/2014 11:46:55 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: matt04
Brady was confined to a wheelchair after being shot and went on to become a leading voice puppet and prop for gun control.

RIP Mr. Brady.

People who exploit their injured and infirm loved ones are the lowest of the low.

Where's that sleezy astronut, surely he can use this opportunity for personal gain.

Dems treat graves as if they are dance floors.

21 posted on 08/04/2014 11:51:20 AM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Now the liberals will still continue using him as a prop. He is now will be voting Democrat (which he may have already) and they will prop him up like weekends at Bernie for hearings. Liberals have no morals when it comes to the dead.


22 posted on 08/04/2014 11:59:12 AM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: matt04

Reagan signed one of the worst pieces of gun control legislation ever. The misnamed “Firearm Owners’ Protection Act of 1986.” No new select fire weapons were permitted in civilian hands. Some of the other provisions of the Act were OK, but that one was unconstitutional on its face.


23 posted on 08/04/2014 12:01:49 PM PDT by afsnco
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24 posted on 08/04/2014 12:05:43 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: matt04

Brady became a force for evil and did the country a great disservice.


25 posted on 08/04/2014 12:07:09 PM PDT by Iron Munro (It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government --- Thomas Paine)
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To: Dr. Thorne

Mortimer Snerd died, no big deal.


26 posted on 08/04/2014 12:07:58 PM PDT by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever!)
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To: MasterGunner01

He has such a collection?


27 posted on 08/04/2014 12:08:43 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Coldwater Creek
"I believe that the gun control fight was more Brady’s wife soap box than his."

That is what is always seemed like to me:
A convenient prop to be wheeled out when needed and then put away.

Poor Gabby Giffords is being used the same way.

Has to suck realizing you are no more than a Howdy Doody doll for some manipulative hack.

28 posted on 08/04/2014 12:09:05 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: afsnco

And it’s the reason I don’t own a full auto.


29 posted on 08/04/2014 12:10:10 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: jonascord

His liberal wife used him as a puppet.


30 posted on 08/04/2014 12:10:40 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: tanknetter

I’m with you. James Brady or Gabby Giffords, the brain in each case is not functioning clearly enough to hold them accountable. The real culprits are the activists who exploit public sympathy for them to push their agendas.


31 posted on 08/04/2014 12:14:07 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: matt04

Brady allowed himself to be used as a grinning tool by the gun-haters. I have no respect for him and his shrew of a wife.


32 posted on 08/04/2014 12:18:26 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: MasterGunner01

He had that type of collection?


33 posted on 08/04/2014 12:23:21 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11))
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To: afsnco

> “Reagan signed one of the worst pieces of gun control legislation ever. The misnamed “Firearm Owners’ Protection Act of 1986.””

You obviously were not old enough to own a hadgun before this was passed. If so, you would remember back then that we had to fill out forms just to buy handgun ammunition. Right in the forms for an FFL, we had to agree to waive our 4th amendment rights for any place we owned, partially owned, leased, rented, or borrowed. The BATF could show up as many times as they wanted and whenever they wanted to search an FFL’s belongings. Etc, Etc, Etc. There were a lot of other problems that I have not mentioned which were addressed with Reagan’s bill.

Before and after that, I have only seen ONE occasion when gun controls were relaxed. That was when the Brady bill expired. Keep in mind that the Gun Control Act has been in place nearly 50 years. When it passed, I remember a lot of gunowners saying that we would toss out all the b*st*rds at the next election and repeal the law. Instead, we have only won (narrowly) twice in all that time and you would have thrown one of them away.

The fully automatic amendment was put into place at the last minute as a “poison pill” to kill the bill. It failed.


34 posted on 08/04/2014 12:29:44 PM PDT by jim_trent
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To: Revelation 911

You are right about that, Revelation 911


35 posted on 08/04/2014 12:36:07 PM PDT by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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To: matt04

The Democrat Party’s favorite vegetable.

Good riddance.


36 posted on 08/04/2014 12:36:12 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Rope. Tree. Politician. Some assembly required.)
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To: Patriot Babe

Liberals could teach Hamas a thing or two about human shields.


37 posted on 08/04/2014 12:37:12 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely" - http://youtu.be/4HYy62qiOwA)
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To: matt04

One less figurehead for gun control.

Ronaldus Magnus shrugged off being shot.

Jim Brady cried and moaned, “what a little victim am I!”


38 posted on 08/04/2014 12:41:16 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: MasterGunner01
I wonder who will get his privately owned machine gun collection? It must be worth a small fortune and it is transferable to private buyers.

Do you have a source for Brady owning machine guns, please? I couldn't find anything in a Google search.

39 posted on 08/04/2014 12:44:09 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely" - http://youtu.be/4HYy62qiOwA)
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To: matt04

Brady was one of those that was never a Reagan Republican. He was a RINO if there ever was one, and long before he was shot.


40 posted on 08/04/2014 1:13:09 PM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: All

The responses to this thread are mind boggling. This poor guy, a strong conservative, gets shot in the head and has his brain totally scrambled. Then, he gets wheeled around for 30 years by his wife and set up as a prop for gun control. And the overwhelming sentiment on Free Republic? Good Riddance.

Lets see how well some of you would do with a scrambled frontal lobe. Shame on all of you. RIP Mr. Brady.


41 posted on 08/04/2014 1:25:21 PM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: bigdaddy45

Agreed. He had the same capacity to reason as the dementia suffering Barry Goldwater when the press used to run to him for quotes near the end of his life.

Mrs. Brady, however, exploited James Brady to her everlasting shame.


42 posted on 08/04/2014 1:37:36 PM PDT by LeonardFMason (LanceyHoward would AGREE)
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To: matt04
I remember back before the parasite class destroyed the economy I would pack up the family and we'd go blow $100 at the theater and another $100 at one of our favorite restaurants.

Now, however, this (currently down-and-out) former NASA engineer and tech company CEO will anxiously wait for it to come out on a cheap disk (if I bother to see it at all).

Hmmm...wonder how I can get me some of that "free stuff"??? Maybe if I just learn a little Spanish and wade north across the Rio Grande??? Hmmmm.....

43 posted on 08/04/2014 1:42:09 PM PDT by The Duke ("Forgiveness is between them and God, it's my job to arrange the meeting.")
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To: bigdaddy45

A lot of the remarks on the passing of James Brady here at FR are clearly over the top. Got it.

But go read anything online of his biography so far. Brady was not vegetative and over the years recovered his ability to talk and walk. He was an active proponent of gun control & the Brady Bill & was not a semisensate prop being wheeled around by his wife, who of course was the more articulate spokesperson of the gun control duo.

And does anyone here recall that after Bill Clinton signed the Brady `assault weapon’ ban into law in 1993, that both the Bradys thanked him by addressing the 1996 Democratic Convention AS REPUBLICANS, where they endorsed Clinton’s reelection?

Criticize James Brady for what he was able to do after being wounded in 1981. He was capable of making clear choices, and did so.


44 posted on 08/04/2014 1:48:00 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: elcid1970

How would any of us act after a bullet to the brain? It changes you in multiple ways that are beyond your control. I hold no malice towards the acts of someone after receiving a very traumatic brain injury. You just aren’t the same person afterwards.


45 posted on 08/04/2014 1:54:41 PM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: bigdaddy45

Noted. The death of a loved one can leave the brain scrambled for years afterward, let alone by being shot. I know, looking back a decade later.

FWIW, those sites praising Brady for his antigun activism are emphasizing his general mental recovery. Maybe to make his wife look less like a prop wielding fanatic.


46 posted on 08/04/2014 2:01:55 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: matt04

I hope his family finds comfort. RIP.


47 posted on 08/04/2014 2:12:01 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

For what it is worth, I heard that James Brady had a machine gun collection from a Class III dealer in AZ. He’s pretty well connected in this world and I believe him. getting Sarah Brady to confirm this would be like extracting all your teeth without any anesthesia.


48 posted on 08/04/2014 2:28:52 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: MasterGunner01

Much obliged, and just talking to Sarah Brady would be a deal-breaker for me.


49 posted on 08/04/2014 2:41:12 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Your Daddy Was Drunk and Your Mama Was Lonely" - http://youtu.be/4HYy62qiOwA)
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To: SpaceBar

Yeh I’m having a hard time working up any emotion over this myself.


50 posted on 08/04/2014 2:44:41 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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