Gun-Control Activist Sarah Brady Dies at 73

Gun-control activist Sarah Kemp Brady died on Friday at a retirement community in Alexandria, Virginia. She was battling pneumonia, family members told The Associated Press. She was 73.

Brady became an advocate for tougher gun laws after her husband James Brady, the former White House Press Secretary for Ronald Reagan, was shot during an assassination attempt on the president in 1981.

James Brady was partially paralyzed as a result of the shooting. He died last year on Aug. 4, also at the age of 73 following a “series of health issues.”

“Sarah courageously stepped up after Jim was shot to prevent others from enduring what our family has gone through, and her work has saved countless lives,” the Brady family said in a statement.

“Sarah was a voice of strength, love and encouragement, and she inspired others, showing that one person could make a difference and change the world which she did,” it continued.

The gun-control organization that honors the “Brady” name spoke of her passing.

Calling Sarah Brady “its guiding light,” Dan Gross, president of Brady Campaign, said, “There are countless people walking around today who would not be were it not for Sarah Brady’s remarkable resilience, compassion.”

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • David April 6, 2018, 9:38 am

    Gun control is like making it more difficult for non-drinkers to purchase automobiles because people still drink, drive, and kill.
    Calling a particular firearm an “assault rifle” because of the way it looks is ridiculous. “AR” does NOT stand for “assault rifle” it is an abbreviation for a company that manufactures firearms. If I took my father’s Browning semi-automatic 12 gauge shotgun which is almost 100 years old and removed the wood stock and forend and replaced them with a black plastic stock and a black plastic handle forend does that automatically make it an “assault weapon”? Absolutely NOT! It’s still the old 12 gauge shotgun. If I do the same thing to a semi-auto rifle, for example a Remington semi-auto .30-06 rifle it only changes the looks of the firearm. The media however, has done an excellent job of demonizing firearms based on the way they look. If the media would stop creating news about the news and just report the news we would all be better off. You have to remember the media purposely creates the news about the news to get your attention because it makes it easier and more profitable to sell more newspapers and air time. Unfortunately, much of the public accept that totally biased nonsense as the “gospel truth” because they are gullible, naïve, and uninformed.
    A part of our governmental system is to blame for the tragic, tragic killings of recent years not a particular firearm. My loaded weapon I keep at the ready has yet to, on it own, leave our place of residence and commit a crime. My son’s semi-auto rifle, because of the way it looks, also has yet to commit a crime on its own. By removing a particular firearm because of the way it looks or its capacity will not stop these tragic killings. The governmental system has to do something about the individuals that are committing these shootings; and enforce the gun laws already on the books, and not creating more new guns laws then the number of killings will be reduced and hopefully eliminated.

  • Kent April 6, 2015, 4:12 pm

    There are also a lot of people NOT walking around today because they were denied their Second Amendment right to legally purchase a firearm to defend themselves when they needed it, because of the many restrictive anti-gun laws Sarah Brady campaigned to get passed.

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