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Former White House press secretary James Brady dies

Former White House Press Secretary under the Reagan Administration James Brady (L) is greeted by ABC National Correspondent Ann Comton (R) during his visit to the White House Briefing Room, which named after Brady, June 16, 2009 in Washington, DC. Brady was shot in the head and became permanently disabled during the assassination attempt on former president Ronald Reagan in 1981. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Photo: Image by Getty Images

Former White House press secretary James Brady dies

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Aug 4, 2014

James Brady, the former White House press secretary under President Ronald Reagan, has died at the age of 73. Brady was badly wounded in a 1981 assassination attempt on Reagan, and went on to become a respected gun-control advocate.

Brady was left partially paralyzed and using a wheelchair following the 1981 shooting by would-be assassin John Hinckley, who fired at Reagan as he exited a hotel. Brady was shot in the head.
 
“After leaving the White House, Brady launched the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which pushes for stricter firearms laws,” reports CNN. “He inspired the so-called Brady Bill, which was a fiercely fought over measure that requires background checks for gun purchases.”
 
A White House spokesman praised Brady and his legacy.
 
"He is somebody who I think really revolutionized this job and even after he was wounded in that attack on the president, was somebody who showed his patriotism and commitment to the country by being very outspoken on an issue that was important to him and that he felt very strongly about," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.
 
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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.