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Sarah Brady, gun control advocate and widow of James Brady, dies at 73
Sarah Brady, gun control advocate and widow of James Brady, dies at 73

After the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, nearly everyone knew that White House spokesman James Brady had been shot in the head and partially paralyzed in the attack by a mentally deranged assailant, John W. Hinckley Jr. But that wasn't why his wife, Sarah, became a warrior in a daunting political fight. During a visit to her husband's hometown in Illinois in the summer of 1985, a friend gave Brady and her then-6-year-old son, Scott, a ride in his truck. On the seat Scott found what he thought was a toy gun and waved it around. "Except it wasn't a toy gun," Brady grimly recalled. She carefully removed from his hand a loaded...

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