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August 05, 2014

Obituary: James Brady, Reagan Aide-Turned-Gun Control Champion

James S. Brady, the former White House press secretary who became synonymous with the fight for stricter firearms laws after being severely wounded in an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, died Monday at age 73, The New York Times writes. His family did not specify a cause of death.

Mr. Brady was struck in the head in the hail of bullets fired at the president by John W. Hinckley outside a Washington hotel in March 1981. He spent nine months in a hospital and the rest of his life in a wheelchair, from which he campaigned for greater restrictions on gun purchases.

He was an honorary trustee of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, both of which adopted his name after he and his wife, Sarah, became involved in their cause. He also chaired the nonprofit National Organization on Disability, which advocates for better conditions for people with handicaps.