Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC – Sarah Brady, whose tireless organizing, advocacy, and fundraising alongside her late husband Jim “Bear” Brady resulted in the 1993 signing of the Brady Law has died. The Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence mourns the death of Sarah Brady, its guiding light and Chairperson of the Corporation, aged 73, who passed away on April 3, 2015.
Brady Campaign and Center President Dan Gross stated:
“All of us at the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence are heartbroken over the passing of Sarah Brady. Together with her husband Jim ‘Bear’ Brady, Sarah was the heart and soul of this organization and the successful movement it has become today. In the history of our nation, there are few people, if any, who are directly responsible for saving as many lives as Sarah and Jim. There are countless people walking around today who would not be were it not for Sarah Brady’s remarkable resilience, compassion and – what she always said she enjoyed the most – her hard work in the trenches with this organization, which she continued right up to the very end.
“Sarah and Jim are responsible for the passage of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (the ‘Brady Law’) which has prevented more than 2.4 million sales of firearms to criminals and other dangerous people and remains, by far, the most significant achievement in the history of the gun violence prevention movement. Our nation has lost a great hero, and I have lost a dear friend. I am certain that she would want nothing more than to know we are carrying on her and Jim’s legacy with the same fiery compassion and dedication that made her so remarkable.”
Sarah became involved in gun violence prevention efforts in 1985. Since 1989, Sarah has been affiliated with the organizations, which were named for her and Jim in 2000, at which point she became Chairperson of the Corporation, the post in which she served until her death.
Sarah is survived by her and Jim’s son James “Scott” Brady, Jr., daughter-in-law Andree, stepdaughter Melissa “Missy” Brady Camins, and brother Bill. She is also deeply missed by a host of friends and supporters.
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