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When fate points a finger: The Jim Brady story

When fate points a finger: The Jim Brady story

Many years ago, when I was in college, a professor told me that some people chose to change the world while others were chosen by the world to change it.

James Brady fit the second category. Brady, who died Monday at the age of 73, didn't set out to become the country's best-known champion of gun control. If he hadn't been shot during an assassination attempt against President Reagan, we'd simply remember him as Reagan's affable, roly-poly press secretary.

But now we remember him as much more than that, because of the way Brady engaged the issue that fate dealt him. And that's the part my professor left out.

Yes, history chose Jim Brady for a role in our great national...