James Brady, former Reagan press secretary, gun-control advocate, dies
August 4th, 2014
01:47 PM ET
7 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.

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  1. rs

    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?
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    Your comments here are inappropriate and out of place.
    But as you asked, Mr. Brady stood up to the lunatics of the NRA- who, to this day, support the "right" of the insane to buy, possess, and use firearms. In this case in an attempt to kill a President and to gravely injure Mr. Brady. By standing up to the NRA and the gun industry, Mr. Brady is indeed a hero.

    August 4, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. rs

    smith

    @RL- "only gotten worse". Gun related murders have dropped by almost 50% since the mid 90`s.
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    Gun deaths now outnumber deaths from automobile accidents in the U.S. More guns=more gun deaths.

    August 4, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Dumbas[R]ocks

    Mr. Brady is proof-positive that if you shoot a [R] in the head, you have some chance of actually getting a human being out of the other side. In the other cases, the multiple interior richochets have little chance of hitting ANY brain material.

    August 4, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @RL- "only gotten worse". Gun related murders have dropped by almost 50% since the mid 90`s.
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    You're citing a misleading statistic. You've narrowed it down to deaths. Not every gun shot wound leads to a death. The number of people being shot and wounded is still on the rise.

    Seeing how the overall total of gun related deaths has generally increased over the past 2 or 3 decades, it has gotten worse and not in a good way. Suicides are up. Nearly 2/3 of all gun related deaths annually are self-inflicted wounds. There are more and more folks with personal or mental health issues killing themselves. You call that "better"?

    August 4, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. rick

    Lets see the gun control nuts start in on him being a statistic for cause of death. 33 year delayed.. His constant pushing for disarming america has only increased the gun violence against innocent people by criminals who shouldnt by laws AREADY ON RECORDS to have had them in first place. It wasnt the passing of new laws.. It was the LACK of the enforcement of laws already there thats causing the constant killings in chicago.. L.A. New York. Miami.. Etc. And the out of jail before ink is dry on the charges of violent crimes shure is not helping any. Cant wait for Bloombergs blab about this one.. He twists the facts so much looks like a roadmap of the Alps highway roads.

    August 4, 2014 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    @smith, and this is due to what, exactly? You love to try to debunk the idea that gun control does not work, yet you won't cite a single source that could be described as credible. Its also disturbing that you accept any gun violence as inescapable, so your refrain is " don't try".

    August 4, 2014 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Hero. His legacy won't go away though....no matter how much the gun-fetishists dance on his grave and spew filth about him.

    August 4, 2014 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    RIP. Phenomenon was in the right place at the wrong time. Horrible that he was shot for no good reason.
    @anonymous, can you just leave your second amendment rights for a moment where they belong? You can pull them out of your behind tomorrow.

    August 4, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Bill from GA

    You Got It – "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"

    Yeah, but if they don't give credit on a paper they submit, after returning, they get no slack. Righties just call em lying traitors. (Unless they are repubs)

    August 4, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. yolanda

    He was an honorable man who fought for more sensible gun laws in a dignified manner. It is disheartening to read the pro and con Second Amendment comments here. Take a deep breath and save your personal agenda(s) for another day.

    August 4, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    The Real Tom Paine

    @smith, and this is due to what, exactly? You love to try to debunk the idea that gun control does not work, yet you won't cite a single source that could be described as credible. Its also disturbing that you accept any gun violence as inescapable, so your refrain is " don't try".
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    Breitbart, Red State, etc.

    August 4, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    rick

    Lets see the gun control nuts start in on him being a statistic for cause of death. 33 year delayed.. His constant pushing for disarming america has only increased the gun violence against innocent people by criminals who shouldnt by laws AREADY ON RECORDS to have had them in first place. It wasnt the passing of new laws.. It was the LACK of the enforcement of laws already there thats causing the constant killings in chicago.. L.A. New York. Miami.. Etc. And the out of jail before ink is dry on the charges of violent crimes shure is not helping any. Cant wait for Bloombergs blab about this one.. He twists the facts so much looks like a roadmap of the Alps highway roads.
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    Enforce our existing laws? Did you know that there basically isn't any federal law against gun trafficking? None. It's, uh, considered to be an exclusive states' rights issue. Has it ever occurred to you that each and every weapon sold on the NRA's "black market" began its' life as a legal sale to a law abiding citizen?

    August 4, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Breitbart, Red State, etc."

    LOL. Those "sources" don't belong within the same language as the word "credible," let alone in the same sentence.

    August 4, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    @rick, you neglected to mention the absolute disdain the NRA has had for law enforcement, which included the deaths of 4 ATF agents executing a legal search warrant on the Branch Davidians. I've heard NRA representatives say that law enforcement officials don't really know anything about firearms, so, please, stop with the idiotic tactic of saying that the laws we have need to be enforced. The NRA spent a lot of time and money gutting or ignoring the laws on the books, and that included the Brady Bill, so please spare us the insulting comments about enforcing the law. The NRA has never met a gun control law it did not want to gut, because apparently your Glock is all that stands between you and a mythical concentration camp.

    August 4, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. smith

    @rs-First, gun deaths do not outnumber people killed in auto accidents (not sure where you got that from). Second, more than 60% of gun deaths are self inflicted, which is a red herring in terms of gun control. Last, gun violence and crime have decreased and we have more guns than we ever had.

    August 4, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Anonymous, in what universe would Red State or Breitbart be considered a sober, objective source?

    August 4, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Thomas

    James Brady , "Gabby" Giffords , gun laws won't change till somebody like Rick Perry accidentally shoots himself in the head with all 30 rounds from his 9mm magazine as he is jogging .

    August 4, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. Thomas

    RIP James Brady, RIP

    August 4, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Yolanda, the gun huggers do not regard him as an honorable man. That's why they speak ill of the dead today.

    August 4, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Guns. One of the only things on the planet that becomes more valuable and necessary the more of them there are. The NRA, gun manufacturers and retailers all know this and it forms the core of their guiding agenda: making money off instruments of death and your fear of them.

    August 4, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    Sorry Anonymous, missed your other comments. My mistake.

    August 4, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    RIP, Mr. Brady. I have long admired you and your wife and your service to our country. We will continue to work towards reasonable gun control – including universal background checks, which would have identified your assailant, John Hinckley, as suffering from mental illness and prevented him from purchasing/owning weapons.

    August 4, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. smith

    @Rudy-Gun violence is on the decline and there is no proof that the thousands of people who take their own life would not have done due to stricter gun laws or not having a gun at all. Your blaming the tool instead of the person.

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

    @Tom P-Gun control doesn`t work. The AWB was a failure, places like DC and Chicago who have strict gun laws have high gun violence, and gun violence has decreased with less gun control. The only way to really cut gun violence to small numbers would be an all out handgun ban (being that most gun violence is committed with handguns). However, that will never happend, there are just too many out there.

    August 4, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Rudy-Gun violence is on the decline and there is no proof that the thousands of people who take their own life would not have done due to stricter gun laws or not having a gun at all. Your blaming the tool instead of the person.
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    There it goes again. That alternate reality syndrome you've got. You want to frame my side of the argument so badly that you cannot even read straight.

    I never blamed the gun. In fact, I clearly pointed out that it is people with personal issues or mental problems killing themselves. Sensible gun control would help reduce the numbers of those people getting their hands on guns. It would have made it a crime for that Newton killer's mother to give him a gun, or allow him access to guns. But, no. The NRA says that "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun."

    You go right ahead. Be my guest. Shoot your way out of trouble and into a jail cell.

    August 4, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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