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James Brady
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    (August 29, 1940-August 4, 2014)
    Shot by John Hinckley, Jr. while shielding Ronald Reagan (March 30, 1981)
    Namesake of the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act (Brady Bill, 1993)
    White House Press Secretary (1981-88)
    Special Assistant to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (1973-75)
    Vice Chairman of the National Head Injury Foundation and National Organization on Disability
    Subject of the film ‘Without Warning’
    His attempts to pass the ‘Brady Bill’ and subsequent gun control measures angered many gun enthusiasts and second amendment fanatics.
    His campaign claims the United States Congress has an ‘unholy alliance’ with the National Rifle Association.
    Critics accused him of being a ‘political opportunist’ by using his notoriety and disability to push for gun control legislation.
    He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Drexel despite never attending the University.
    He suffered brain damage, was left partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair after taking a bullet for President Ronald Reagan.
    He led several bi-partisan efforts to pass gun control legislation.
    He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton (1996).
    President Bill Clinton named the White House Press Briefing Room in his honor (2000).
    He graduated University of Illinois with degrees in political science and communications (1962).
    He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America.
    The film ‘Without Warning,’ based on his shooting, won an Emmy Award (1992).

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