Nancy Reagan remembers James Brady's "courage and perseverance"

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former first lady Nancy Reagan is remembering James Brady as a man who personified "courage and perseverance."

Her statement follows news that Brady has died at the age of 73. Brady was the first White House press secretary for President Ronald Reagan, and he suffered a severe bullet wound to the head during the assassination attempt that also wounded Reagan outside a Washington hotel in 1981.

Nancy Reagan says Jim Brady and his wife Sarah "never gave up, and never stopped caring about the causes in which they believed."

The head of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says because of James Brady's work on gun control, "countless lives have been saved." Dan Gross says with Brady's help, "an estimated 2 million gun sales to criminals, domestic abusers and other dangerous people have been blocked."

At the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest is remembering Brady as someone who "revolutionized" the job of press secretary -- and who later showed his "patriotism" by being "very outspoken on an issue that was important to him."

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APPHOTO WX302: FILE - This March 30, 2011 file photo shows former White House press secretary James Brady, left, who was left paralyzed in the Reagan assassination attempt, looking at his wife Sarah Brady, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington marking the 30th anniversary of the shooting. A Brady family spokeswoman says Brady has died at 73. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (30 Mar 2011)

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