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Rest In Peace, James Brady

Remembering James Brady

On June 7th, I had the honor of interviewing Jim and Sarah Brady for a new documentary that I am producing which will chronicle their fight to get the Brady Bill passed.

Little did I realize at the time that it would be the last interview Jim Brady would do.

For those of you who weren’t around in the 1980’s, Jim Brady was President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary who was shot in the head during an assassination attempt on the President. Jim survived the ordeal but never fully recovered. Jim and Sarah Brady became crusaders for gun violence prevention and, following a six-year battle with the NRA, succeeded in passing the Brady Bill. Enacted in 1994, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act instituted federal background checks and created a five-day waiting period for purchases of firearms from gun stores and has since kept over two million guns out of the hands of those with a criminal background or history of serious mental illness and other common sense restrictions.

On Monday, August 4th, James Brady finally succumbed to the wounds inflicted on him in 1981.

It is both an honor and a privilege to be making “Brady and Goliath: Gunfight on Capitol Hill” in order to preserve the memory of this great man and his steadfast wife.

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