James Brady, former Reagan press secretary, gun-control advocate, dies
August 4th, 2014
01:47 PM ET
9 years ago

James Brady, former Reagan press secretary, gun-control advocate, dies

(CNN) - James Brady, former press secretary to Ronald Reagan who was severely wounded in a 1981 assassination attempt on the President, has died, the White House said on Monday.

He was 73.


Filed under: Gun control • Ronald Reagan • White House
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    May he rest his peace.

    August 4, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. RL

    RIP Mr. Brady. Too bad things have not changed since he was shot, things have only gotten worse.

    August 4, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    21 gun salute is warranted. Pun intended

    August 4, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. seacat923

    RIP Mr. Brady.

    August 4, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. yeah

    How nice

    You would have thought he would have died from a gun

    August 4, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. drivenb4u


    August 4, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. ireuel

    Good honest man. I will never forget the day he was shot. Thank you James for all your work, before and after that day.

    August 4, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    Guts & Class.

    August 4, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. drivenb4u

    Dude was a genuine hero.

    August 4, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. dee

    wishing his family my heartfelt sympathy.

    August 4, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. yeahright

    RIP Bear.

    August 4, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. rs

    Probably the classiest act in the Reagan Administration, and a hero to the countless victims of gun violence in America. RIP.

    August 4, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Geary Hewett

    James Brady was a gun grabbing traitor to the US Constitution. Hope the Brady Campaign dies with him.

    August 4, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    I liked the man but hated his attempts to interfere with my Second Amendment rights.

    August 4, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. stormchaser 101

    That was a tragic day back in 1981.we all saw it live on TV.may MR Brady rest in peace and GOD bless his family.

    August 4, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. true grit

    He had half a mjnd to quit that job!

    August 4, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    RIP Sir. I remember that day too.

    August 4, 2014 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. gg

    The courage James Brady and his wife Sarah have shown over the years since he was shot, and the work they have done to end gun violence, is truly admirable.

    August 4, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. rotopig

    Will this change the charges against John Hinckley from attempted murder to murder now or does his mental status prevents that from occurring?

    August 4, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. Babyboomer

    RIP Mr. Brady. A real American Hero... Peace and Blessing to the Brady family.

    August 4, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. You Got It

    I see a lot of "..hero" or "..real American hero".

    What exactly did this guy do that was so heroic? He was shot, recovered, and then tried to impose additional gun laws/restrictions? I'm for gun control, not confiscation, but control, but I honestly don't see where this man was any sort of a hero?
    A soldier/sailor/Marine that comes back unhurt from a tour of duty is more of a hero to me than Brady. They went in knowing the risks, and did the job anyway. Brady was shot by accident, nothing heroic about it, the recovery, or what he did afterwards. I feel for the man and his family, but bestowing the HERO title on him belittles it, IMO.

    August 4, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. You Got It

    How in the world can anyone say this man was a HERO?
    Please explain what he did that was heroic – getting shot? recovery? gun control legislation?

    How does any of that a Hero make?

    August 4, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess that a man who peacefully and quietly worked to prevent a replication of the tragedy that put him into a wheelchair for over 3 decades is a real threat to the Constitution. Amazing how the hatred of the gun-hugger lobby knows no bounds when it comes to their penchant for hoarding. Anyone who states this man was not heroic solely on the basis of what he did after he was put into a wheelchair clearly has a definition of " hero" that is too narrow, or never understood the concept to begin with.

    August 4, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. smith

    @RL- "only gotten worse". Gun related murders have dropped by almost 50% since the mid 90`s.

    August 4, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Dead Bear

    @Anonymous... Yes, he did try to interfere with your Second Amendment Rights. Albeit to save lives, but I'm sure that doesn't matter to someone as caring and thoughtful as you... I've said it before, and I will say it again. It will be a Republican who gets guns banned, not a Democrat. All it will take is one of their own to get gunned down and they'll start singing a different tune when it comes to gun control. The only way for the GOP to learn compassion on an issue is when the issue affects them personally.

    August 4, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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