D.C. Leaders Remember James Brady

James Wright | 8/5/2014, 4:25 p.m.
**FILE** President Obama stops by press secretary Jay Carney’s meeting with James Brady in Carney's West Wing office at the White House on March 30, 2011. Brady was former President Ronald Reagan's press secretary during the assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981. Brady's wife, Sarah (right), and son, Scott (center), joined him for the meeting. (Pete Souza/The White House)

D.C. dignitaries paid their respects to former White House press secretary James Brady, who died at 73 on Monday, more than 30 years after famously surviving an assassination attempt on President Reagan.

"My condolences to Sarah Brady and the Brady Family," D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) tweeted Tuesday. "The nation is grateful to James and Sarah for giving national meaning to their tragedy."

Brady, who spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair after the 1981 shooting, became an outspoken advocate for stricter gun control. He and his wife, Sarah, established the Brady Campaign for Prevent Gun Violence, which in 1993 helped pass the landmark Brady Bill that required a five-day waiting period and background check for the purchase of handguns.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) called Brady "an incredible advocate who turned a personal tragedy into a platform to save lives."