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James Brady, Reagan's White House press secretary, dead at 73

James Brady

Former White House Press Secretary under President Ronald Reagan, James Brady, has passed away at the age of 73, according to an NBC News report on Monday afternoon. He was widely known for having been shot during an attempt on Ronald Reagan’s life during Reagan’s first term in 1981. Brady was confined to a wheelchair following his being shot. His family said that he had a series of health issues before passing away.

Following being shot by a gun, Brady became one of the nation’s leading voices for gun control in America. President Bill Clinton signed the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act into law in 1993. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released a statement which praises Mr. Brady’s crusade regarding prevention of gun violence in the country. The statement says that because of James Brady’s hard work and the policy that bears his name – The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act – an estimated two million gun sales to criminals, domestic abusers and other dangerous people have been blocked.

The statement asserts that as a result of Brady’s efforts, countless lives have been saved and, in fact, there are few Americans in history who are as directly responsible for saving as many lives as Mr. Brady. Additionally, Brady was honored by having had a room at the White House named after him. The White House contains the James Brady briefing room, according to Fox News.

James Scott “Jim” Brady was born August 29, 1940 and was an assistant to President Ronald Reagan as well as the White House Press Secretary. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science in 1962. His career in public service began when he was a staff member in the office of Illinois Sen. Everett Dirksen who was a Republican from Illinois. From there, he held jobs in the private sector as well as other governmental jobs. He is survived by his wife Sarah, his son Scott, and his daughter Missy.

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