Skip to comments.Former White House Press Secretary James Brady Dead at 73
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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Brady was shot and suffered brain damage. He supported gun control.
Draw your own conclusions.
You think that Hinckley wanted a “do over” once he found out about Jodie Foster’s orientation?
I suppose I’m not enough of a Christian. No empathy for someone who did so much to destroy this country.
So he died as a result of gun violence, even if it took over 30 years.
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
Rest in Peace...
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.
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.
Does he really have a machine gun collection? I’ve never head about that.
“famously shot” ?
Who writes this garbage.
Agreed. The antifreedom Left turned him into a living prop.
I suppose Im 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’...?
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 Kennedys death to push Obamacare (IIRC).
The cadres of the nations socialist left never miss a trick in Forwarding their anti-freedom agenda.
I believe that the gun control fight was more Brady’s wife soap box than his.
And the 2nd amendment outlives another mortal that thought they had the power of a god over our liberty.
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.
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.
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.
Brady became a force for evil and did the country a great disservice.
Mortimer Snerd died, no big deal.
He has such a collection?
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.
And it’s the reason I don’t own a full auto.
His liberal wife used him as a puppet.
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.
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.
He had that type of collection?
> “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.
You are right about that, Revelation 911
The Democrat Party’s favorite vegetable.
Liberals could teach Hamas a thing or two about human shields.
One less figurehead for gun control.
Ronaldus Magnus shrugged off being shot.
Jim Brady cried and moaned, “what a little victim am I!”
Do you have a source for Brady owning machine guns, please? I couldn't find anything in a Google search.
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.
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.
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.
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.....
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.
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.
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.
I hope his family finds comfort. RIP.
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.
Much obliged, and just talking to Sarah Brady would be a deal-breaker for me.
Yeh I’m having a hard time working up any emotion over this myself.