Obituary for Jim Brady from the New York Times, below, very informative and broadens understanding of his tragic life … lived by a fiery and determined to not become a tragic figure.
That takes buckets of guts. Some fine early coverage of his sudden demise flew up over at messnbc, from the wee Ronan Farrow and The Reid Report, below.
There is clearly freaky freaking competition for King o' the Gun Idjits in the regular Repubs and the 'deth-spic-able' and terrible spellers, zee Lipton Brigade.
From The Reid Report earlier.
James S. Brady, the White House press secretary who was wounded in an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan and then became a symbol of the fight for gun control, championing tighter regulations from his wheelchair, died on Monday in Alexandria, Va. He was 73.
“What I was, I am not now,” Mr. Brady said in 1994. “What I was, I will never be again.” What Mr. Brady became was an advocate of tough restrictions on the sale of handguns like the $29 pawnshop special that Mr. Hinckley had bought with false identification. “I wouldn’t be here in this damn wheelchair if we had common-sense legislation,” Mr. Brady said in 2011.
On the rainy afternoon of March 30, 1981, Mr. Brady was struck in a hail of bullets fired by John W. Hinckley Jr., a mentally troubled college dropout who had hoped that shooting the president would impress the actress Jodie Foster, on whom he had a fixation. Mr. Hinckley raised his handgun as Reagan stepped out of a hotel in Washington after giving a speech.
Reagan, a couple of paces from his limousine, was hit, as were a Secret Service agent and a District of Columbia police officer. But it was Mr. Brady, shot in the head, who was the most seriously injured. The bullet damaged the right section of his brain, paralyzing his left arm, weakening his left leg, damaging his short-term memory and impairing his speech. Just getting out of a car became a study in determination.
For a man that lived with trauma for 33 years, he has some record of activism to applaud. He and his wife got the valuable Brady Bill and have been involved in noting each shooting/massacre the Gun Fondlers achieve. In his highly disabled state, Brady did more good for the cause than one would ever imagine, nationwide.
And again, he was an old school Republican't. Who dedicated his last decades to making sure other victims and families did not suffer as he did.
He fought the good guy fight against the modern NRA Imperialism & Bullshite, asserting that the 2nd Amendment wasn't a license to murder each other willy nilly.
In the 1990s, when he was pressing for the Brady bill, Mr. Brady dismissed as “lamebrain nonsense” the National Rifle Association’s contention that a waiting period would inconvenience law-abiding people who had reason to buy a gun. Mr. Brady said that five business days was not too much to make purchasers wait. Every day, he once testified, “I need help getting out of bed, help taking a shower and help getting dressed, and — damn it — I need help going to the bathroom. I guess I’m paying for their ‘convenience.’ ”