He was shot during the assassination attempt on President Reagan's life, Brady was the press secretary. He became a champion for gun control and even helped get passed the Brady Bill which was never renewed (under President George W Bush?).
I still remember that day in 1981 very well. That attempt was not just against the President but against all of us. A President represents ALL of us to try to kill him its an attack on all and the rule of law a president is not just a person but the head of state. I never wanted to live through another day like that and am happy never to have. You don't joke about things like this nor do you wish it on any president, Republican or Democrat.
RIP James Brady you fought a good and noble fight.