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Attempted Assassination of President Reagan - Remembering Jim Brady

WARNING:  THIS HISTORICAL FOOTAGE DEPICTS THE ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT REAGAN.  THE VIDEO DEPICTS TWO OTHERS WHO WERE SHOT AND SURVIVED.  IN THE CHAOTIC ATMOSPHERE WHICH FOLLOWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL USE LANGUAGE WHICH MAY BE OFFENSIVE.  PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

Sixty-nine days after he was sworn in as President, Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley.  Although Reagan survived, it had been a close call.  His press secretary, Jim Brady, never fully recovered from the bullet which struck his head.

This historical footage was rediscovered nearly twenty-five years after the shootings took place.  It depicts the chaotic scene as law enforcement officials attempted to arrest the would-be assassin.

When Hinckley's bullet entered Jim Brady’s head, it shattered into more than two-dozen fragments.  Several of those fragments penetrated the Press Secretary's brain.

Brady's head injury was so profound it nearly took his life.  His neurosurgeon, at George Washington Hospital, was Dr. Arthur I. Kobrine.  Later, as he recalled those events of March 30, 1981, Dr. Kobrine described how he assessed Brady’s injury (and how he related his assessment to President Reagan’s personal physician):

It’s a terrible injury. I don’t think he has a chance. I don’t think he’s going to make it, but I think we should try.

Not only did Brady’s physicians try, they helped to save his life.  However, an extremely difficult road was ahead for the man whom people called "The Bear," causing the doctor to tell his patient:

You’re shot in the brain. You’re never going to be as good as you were. You’ve just got to be tough, Jim.

Brady, although grievously injured and depressed thereby, continued to be as tough as he could be.  His voice, and that of his wife, were at the forefront of calls for U.S. gun-control laws.

Jim Brady lived for many years after his gun-shot injury.  He died on the 4th of August, 2014.

See, also:

Video - Ronald Reagan Describes Attempted Assassination


Video - Ronald Reagan - First Inaugural Address


Video - Ronald Reagan - "Tear Down This Wall!"

Reagan in Berlin - Background of "Tear Down This Wall!"


Media Credits

Historical news footage, online courtesy ABC.

 

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