The Shooting Wire reports:
James “The Bear” Brady was born in Centralia, Illinois on August 29, 1940….In 1981, Brady’s lifelong dream was achieved when President Ronald Reagan appointed him Assistant to the President and White House Press Secretary.
That same year on March 30th, a man by the name of John Hinckley Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan as the President left a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Hinckley shot President Reagan, James Brady, and two law enforcement officers….James Brady was the most seriously injured victim of the shooting. He was shot in the head, which left him partially paralyzed and caused his speech to be slurred for the rest of his life.
While we don’t know how the 1849 Colt Baby Dragoon came into the Brady family’s possession, we do know how it left the family. Right after the shooting, James Brady’s wife, Sarah, was so revolted by firearms that she gathered all of the guns in the Brady household and turned to the first trusted person who would take them from her — her gardener. One of them was this exact 1849 Colt Baby Dragoon (Rammerless) that is currently in our possession.
After the shooting, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence was born. James Brady and his wife Sarah went on to become a powerful political symbol of the gun control movement we know today. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, a notorious law among gun owners, also known as the “Brady Bill,” was written and named in his honor….A portion of The Brady Gun’s final auctioned price will be donated by its current owner Jim Copley and GunAuction.com to the Second Amendment Foundation, which constantly strives to undo that which this gun’s previous owner has done to limit our freedoms.
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