Baltimore, MD—Sarah Brady had been the face of Gun Control in America for more than three decades. However today at age 73 she has succumbed to a bout of pneumonia.
Brady became the convenient standard bearer for the forces that hate all guns and gun rights. This after a armed madman wounded her husband James Brady who was President Ronald Reagan’s Press Secretary during a 1981assassination attempt.
Brady led a very deceptive campaign that was intended to incrementally outlaw all firearms. She cleverly began to change firearm adjectives and successfully demonized firearms based on simple cosmetics.
Like Brady most Americans were ignorant about guns. She renamed all the firearms that looked somewhat scary as assault weapons.
Assault rifles were actually classic military combat weapons and were by that definition all fully automatic. That meant one pull of the trigger could cause the weapon to fire until it was empty.
Assault weapons were really machine guns already banned by federal laws. Machine guns were already unpopular because they extravagantly consume expensive ammunition.
What she did was redefine millions of semi-automatic rifles and pistols confusing anyone and everyone that they too were machine guns.
She succeeded to get the so-called Assault weapons ban passed into law by a single vote. The law lasted ten years and the crime rate soared anyway.
When the law expired millions of the formerly banned guns were suddenly purchased and the crime rate began to drop like a rock.
Brady always pretended she just wanted to go after the scary guns when she really wanted every last law-abiding American defenseless and helpless to criminals or government gone wrong.
Brady redundantly invented her own statistics, overstated claims of gun deaths and injuries. She used FBI Uniform Crime Reports that lumped justifiable killings by cops and citizens as Homicides suggesting they were all murders.
She cleverly called the ATF gun trace requests as crime gun incidents. ATF routinely traced any and all found weapons or whenever their ownership was questioned. To suggest those guns were involved with criminal events was another very bold lie.
Brady published a grading list for jurisdictions on the basis of their gun laws. The paradox there was that the “A” list states with gun bans or draconian restrictions had the highest murder rates. The “D” list states had few gun laws along with little or no violent crime.
Finally Brady ran out of lies and all but a few states passed laws allowing the law-abiding the right to carry concealed weapons. Her landmark Assault Weapons Ban was allowed to expire. Courts nearly everywhere have reasserted Constitutional Second Amendment rights.
Brady was clearly humiliated into her obvious forced retirement. she quickly dropped out of sight.
Brady's dream was forced registration of all firearms so government agents could locate and confiscate them later with the next laws she’d hope to champion.
Brady somehow convinced politicians that pre-purchase background investigations would insure criminals and mental defectives would be unable to obtain weapons. Another expensive failure!
Phony identification and purchasing fraud efforts routinely overcome the expensive and ineffective Brady check system. Of course the Brady checks created every kind of obstacle for the law-abiding especially those with similar names to convicted criminals.
Nobody wants to see armed criminal and mental defectives on our streets. They are and always will be out there. Well-trained and armed law-abiding people are the only way control cowardly criminals. There will never be enough cops to do this.
Sarah Brady ran a successful but deceptive scam on America that gave her a huge financial reward and sainthood among her gun rights hating disciples.
I will not mourn the loss of Sarah Brady. I do however mourn the loss of those who were murdered because they were enjoined by unconstitutional laws to defensive weapons.
Government must stop insuring that only violent criminals are armed.