Remembering James Brady: Former Press Secretary Dies at 73

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ALEXANDRIA, VA — Many great men have stood behind the White House Press Room podium. On Monday, former White House Press Secretary James Brady left behind a legacy.

James Brady passed away at the age of 73, following a long battle with health issues.

Brady is perhaps best known for his crusade against gun violence. His mission started after he was caught in the crossfire in the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan.

He survived a bullet to the head and was left paralyzed. The incident fueled his efforts to protect others.

In 1993, Brady worked to pass a federal law that requires background checks in order to buy handguns. That measure is now known as the Brady Law.

In a statement, his family says: “Jim used his many talents and can-do attitude to make a difference in the lives of others. We believe with all our hearts that he did.”

Make a difference he did. Brady turned unexpected misfortune into an opportunity for change.