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James Brady died today at the age of 74.

Mr. Brady was Press Secretary to President Reagan and was shot in the head by the would-be assassin, John Hinckley Jr. His wound was so serious that he was not expected to live.

That was in 1981, 69 days into the President’s first term. Yet Mr. Brady did not succumb to his injury, he survived. Doctors told him that he would be permanently disabled; confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life and with great difficulties in his speech and cognitive functions.

Yet Mr. And Mrs. Brady – for we must not forget the courage and love of Sarah Jane Kemp Brady – never stopped fighting. Others might have despaired and withered away; or became faded and embittered; but Mr. and Mrs. Brady together overcame all these seemingly insurmountable difficulties.

They founded the Brady Campaign and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, providing a rationale and compassionate voice to an issue notoriously lacking these qualities. They were relentless advocates of the sort of sensible, non-partisan gun reform that could save lives.

And the never gave up, or lost their humanity. In fact, despite the medical prognosis, by the time Mr. Brady died, he could walk and had recovered almost all of his cognitive functions.

He might not fit the ordinary description of an American hero, but he demonstrated extraordinary heroism.

He had conquered.

Thank you for your example, James Brady. God rest your great soul.

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