Transcript for James Brady, Ronald Reagan's Former Press Secretary Dies
To a loss a name well known in Washington and beyond a man who came to symbolize the national push for gun control. Former white house Press Secretary James Brady he was 73 and you'll remember those frantic moments. His life forever changed that attack on President Reagan was back in 1981. Tonight ABC's chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl on a man turn tragedy. It will lifelong mission. Nancy Reagan and reportedly said she -- -- young handsome Press Secretary to represented her husband on TV. She got the six foot 1250. Pound mostly bald James Brady. Forty years old nicknamed the bear and -- a ball ball for his sense of humor. Brady -- Ronald Reagan's Press Secretary for just 69 days when no shots rang out in Washington on March 30 1981. One bullet striking Reagan in the chest another penetrating Brady's skull. He was presumed dead we are being told that Jim Brady has. Passed away he survived making his first appearance back at the White House more than seven months later partially paralyzed in near constant pain. And for awhile barely able to talk morally is right thing news Brady dedicated the rest of his life to fighting gun violence. Twelve years after he was shot congress passed the Brady bill requiring a waiting period and background checks for all handgun purchases. In 2000 the place -- he had held court was christened the James S Brady press briefing room. At the dedication the Brady smile once again brightened the place up Jonathan Karl ABC news the White House.
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