It is with profound sadness that the nation marks the death of an outstanding American, former White House press secretary James Brady, who recently passed away at the age of 73 (“After Shooting, He Was a Symbol for Gun Control,” Aug. 5 news obituary).
Mr. Brady would have been a well-known and esteemed figure in history through his service to President Ronald Reagan in a most difficult position. He became much more than that when his life and that of his beloved wife, Sarah, were shattered by a would-be assassin’s bullets on the fateful day of March 30, 1981, just 69 days into the term of the president for whom he selflessly worked.
The Bradys decided that they would not allow themselves to be defeated, instead working to bring light out of darkness, using their unique position to press Congress to pass gun legislation named for Mr. Brady and establishing an organization that seeks to keep firearms out of the hands of individuals like the misfit who, but for fate, would have taken the life of our president and Mr. Brady. The perpetrator dealt a life sentence to the Brady family, yet the justice and psychiatric establishments have strained for years to provide the gunman the greatest possible degree of freedom.
Some married couples crumble under the stress of calamity that has been inflicted on them. James and Sarah Brady remained united in strength and love, driven by a common purpose. Their devotion to each other was a joy to behold and provided a valuable and moving example for the nation. Enduring and facing each new day could not have been easy for this extraordinary family.
The memory of James Brady shall always be a blessing and he shall never be forgotten. May God bless his family at this sad hour and always.
OREN M. SPIEGLER
Upper St. Clair