First let me just say that this is NOT a joke, and it’s not a very late or very early April Fools prank, even if it sounds like one.
Former White House Press secretary James Brady just died a few days ago. Gun control activists have long used James Brady and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence to push for more firearm restrictions.
Well now it appears that his death is being called a homicide, even though the shooting he survived took place over 30 years ago in 1981.
According to NBC News,
The death of James Brady — President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary who was wounded in the attempt on Reagan’s life in March 1981 — was a homicide, the District of Columbia medical examiner ruled Friday.
The medical examiner said Brady died as a result of the grevious injuries he suffered 33 years ago, which means that gunman John Hinckley Jr. could be charged with Brady’s murder in federal court.
John Hinckley is currently a patient at a mental health facility in Washington D.C. At the time of the shooting Hinckley was charged with intent to kill and assault with a dangerous weapon.
It’s interesting how Reagan continued to support the exercising of 2nd amendment rights (with the exception of so called “assault weapons) even after his near death experience and Brady’s namesake was used to try to limit those rights as much as possible after the same shooting.
The late James Brady was paralyzed from the shooting and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair advocating for anti-gun rights.