Brady became an advocate for gun control after he was shot during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan
Former White House Press Secretary James Brady has died at the age of 73. He was disabled by a gunshot during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan – and later became an advocate for gun control. He pushed for background checks on gun buyers – the legislation later became the “Brady Bill.”
Brady, and his wife Sarah, have been friends to WGMD for many years. Brady, who was a renown chili chef, was a judge many years ago during a WGMD Championship Chili Cook-off at the American Legion Post 28 in Millsboro.
Statement from the Governor on Death of Former White House Press Secretary James Brady
Wilmington, DE – Governor Markell extended his deepest sympathies to the family of James Brady, former White House Press Secretary, someone the Governor knew and admired over many years.
“My heart goes out to Sarah and the Brady family. I first met Jim in 1979, when we shared a small office while I was serving as an intern to Sen. William Roth in Washington, D.C. Jim was a wonderful person with a great sense of humor. Later in life, I was honored to reconnect with Jim as he and Sarah made their home in Sussex County for many years. Jim’s grit and determination were always evident.
“This is a difficult loss, but those close to him can take solace in knowing the legacy he built through his advocacy work will have a lasting impact on our country and will surely inspire future generations.”
Statement of Senator Coons on passing of James Brady
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D – Del.), co-chair of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, issued the following statement on the passing of James Brady, former White House press secretary who was known for his efforts to prevent gun violence.
“With Jim Brady’s passing, America has lost one of the most effective voices for a balanced policy on handguns and gun violence. I want to express my condolences to Sarah Brady and all their friends and family, and my gratitude for the many years of advocacy and engagement that Jim Brady made possible. Someone who was nearly killed while serving with President Reagan, Jim turned a tragedy into the foundation for a lifetime of positive public service, and I don’t think we can be grateful enough for what he did with the rest of his life.”
Statement from Congressman John Carney on the passing of James Brady
Brady, former White House Press Secretary, lived in Delaware for many years
WILMINGTON — U.S. Congressman John Carney released the following statement today on the passing of James Brady, who served as White House Press Secretary under President Reagan and became an advocate against gun violence after being wounded in the 1981 assassination attempt on Reagan. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, the federal law that requires background checks on handgun buyers, was named after him. Brady was 73.
“I was saddened to hear of the passing of James Brady. He, and his wife Sarah, lived in Delaware for many years, and I am grateful for the contributions they made to our community.
For more than 30 years, James and Sarah Brady worked tirelessly to ensure that others would not have to face the senseless violence that nearly took his life in 1981. While we still have a long way to go to make that goal a reality, their work saved lives and made the U.S. a safer place to live.
My thoughts and prayers are with Sarah, and his family and loved ones during this very difficult time.”
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