Jim Brady

Age 40 , District of Columbia

In 1981, Jim Brady achieved his lifelong career goal to serve as White House press secretary. But at 2:27p.m. on March 30th, that dream was cut short when a mentally unstable young man shot Jim in the head, wounded President Reagan and two law enforcement officers.

Although the press briefing room is named after him, Jim never returned to the White House as press secretary. However, he found another mission in life: to keep guns out of dangerous hands by passing background checks for gun purchases at federally licensed firearms dealers.

Jim spent countless hours lobbying, with his wife Sarah, in support of commonsense gun laws. It took long years of Jim and Sarah fighting to pass the Brady Bill, but on November 30, 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act into law. The law has been an unequivocal success over the last 22 years. It’s saved countless lives and blocked more than 2.6 million gun sales to prohibited purchasers such as felons, terrorists, and domestic abusers.

Like so many other victims of gun violence, Jim Brady turned his own pain into purpose for making our country safer. And although he passed away in 2014, he and Sarah remain the inspiration and guiding force behind the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

At the Brady Campaign, we continue to honor his legacy by lifting up the voices of victims of gun violence and by pushing for commonsense gun laws.

You can never push too hard

Jim Brady

That’s what Jim Brady said about our collective fight to prevent gun violence in America. You can never push too hard. And he’s right.

To learn more about Jim and Sarah Brady, visit

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