Sarah Brady, the wife of former Reagan White House Press Secretary James Brady, who was struck in the head by a bullet during an assassination attempt on the president in 1981, appears in a new video in which she pays tribute to the victims of the tragedy in Tucson and urges Americans to make a push for stricter gun control laws.
After the shooting of James Brady, the Bradys became outspoken gun control proponents, providing the backing to an eponymous Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which set requirements for background checks before purchasing a gun.
After the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, a different piece of legislation, sunsetted in 2004, firearms components such as the extended, 33-bullet, magazine that alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner used on Saturday, were put back on the market, Brady notes.
"I look over and I see this man who's had his life virtually destroyed. It truly brings me back to life and says, you know, 'saddle up Sarah, life could be a lot worse,'" Brady says in the video of her husband, before adding a plea. "Now you've got to help strengthen our nation's gun laws."
In an interview with Jim and Sarah Brady on CNN Wednesday, Sarah Brady explained that the lack of action on gun control was matter of lawmakers' courage.
"I think there are a bunch of wimps up there," Brady said of legislators unwilling to take on the gun lobby.