Column: An uncertain legacy

James Brady, former press secretary for President Ronald Reagan who died Aug. 4., was one of several individuals, including Reagan, shot and wounded in the attempted 1981 assassination outside the Washington Hilton.

He later recovered and became an advocate for stronger national gun-control laws, including the famous 1993 Brady law, which, among other restrictions, required a five-day waiting period for purchase of a handgun.

Brady’s death, but more importantly his Herculean effort over the last 30 years to seek and enact tighter gun-control laws, is all the more significant after a series of public shootings, including Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.


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