The Politics of the Brady Law
The nation's leading gun control group laid nine humanshaped cardboard cutouts on the Capitol lawn—chalk-outlined facsimiles of sprawled murder victims. On a Monday morning in September, Jim and Sarah Brady were turning up the heat on Congress, trying to force a quick vote on a five-business day waiting period for handgun purchases….
Brady, the former White House press secretary…groaned as he rose from his wheelchair. He stood unsteadily with a cane before 20 or so reporters and read mechanically from a prepared statement….
“Give members of Congress the chance to stand up for public safety, to stand up for law enforcement, to stand up for these doctors who daily see what bodies riddled with bullets really look like,” he said, demanding a vote on the legislation named for him, the Brady bill….
As Brady spoke, earnest staffers from the organization Sarah Brady chairs, Handgun Control Inc., passed out reams of statistics and other printed materials, including a four-foot long scroll detailing handgun horrors. Attached to it, a purple ribbon— HCI's gun control symbol. —Tom Diemer, “Opponents of NRA Are Chipping away Money,
Influence Used to Prod Congress”
The 1968 Gun Control Act passed in the wake of the national trauma caused by the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King,