Speaking at a memorial service for the late James Brady, a gunshot victim and strong proponent for gun control, Vice President Joe Biden remarked that the United States needed another such high-profile victim to carry on the cause and prayed that he would come along “sooner rather than later.”
Brady was the late President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary. He became permanently disabled in 1981 after being shot by John Hinkley, Jr. during an attempted assassination on Reagan. He later started the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
The memorial was held Friday in Washington, D.C., according to The Washington Times.
“What we need is another Jim Brady, who has the skill and the ability to convince those who are afraid, who walk the halls of Congress, to step up and do what they know is right, Biden said. “One will come along. It will happen. I pray God it is sooner rather than later.”
The Times reported:
Brady died Aug 4. Medical examiners ruled it a homicide, the direct result of the wounds he sustained in the 1981 assassination attempt.
Following that shooting, Brady went on to lead national campaign against gun violence. One of the most significant gun-control restrictions in recent history, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act or “Brady Bill,” bears his name.
The law requires federal background checks for gun buyers.
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