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Gabrielle Giffords
James Brady and the case for gun safety laws
James Brady and the case for gun safety laws

Jim Brady spent more than 30 years in a wheelchair, but he was one of the tallest men in Washington. The press secretary to Ronald Reagan was gravely wounded in the gunfire that also struck the president as he was leaving a Beltway hotel only a couple of months after his 1981 inauguration. Brady, who died this week, became the the centerpiece of the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence. Nothing put across the message for gun laws more vividly than the sight of this man rolling into a meeting, a Senate hearing, a rally, partly paralyzed and hesitant of speech but passionate of purpose. Until Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Brady was the nation’s most visible and vocal...