We at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence are heartbroken at the news of the passing of Jim Brady. Our thoughts are with his wife, Sarah, and all of the extended Brady family. Jim was a man who touched and inspired so many.
It is impossible to discuss the gun violence prevention movement without acknowledging Jim’s contributions. Because of the remarkable tenacity that he and Sarah showed in fighting for the Brady Law, more than two million prohibited purchasers—including felons, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill—have been denied guns since 1993.
That fight was not an easy one. It lasted eight years, but no matter what Jim was dealing with—emotionally, physically—he refused to give up. Jim was also at the center of the campaign for the first federal Assault Weapons Ban, which was signed into law one year later. It is simply impossible to overstate the man’s courage, determination and faith.
During one of his final trips to Capitol Hill in 2011, Jim admonished gun violence prevention advocates to “fight fiercely” for life-saving reforms. We at CSGV will not forget his charge and will work just a little bit harder every day to make our country safer.
Rest in peace, Jim. When future generations look back on the pioneers who first stood up to the gun lobby to address America’s epidemic of gun violence, your name will be recalled with pride, honor and love.