Sarah Brady achieved national prominence through her extraordinary efforts during six Congressional votes over seven years and three Presidencies to promote the personal safety and security of all regardless of race, creed, color, age, sex, or economic circumstances. Her efforts culminated in President Bill Clinton signing into law the "Brady Bill " which added background checks and a waiting period for the legal purchase of handguns. This legislation which was vigorously opposed by the powerful National Rifle Association and other state and national groups, was ultimately passed through the enormous efforts, encouragement, and valiant leadership of Sarah Brady.
All of this was accomplished by a remarkable woman who grew up in the Parkfairfax section of Alexandria, attended George Mason Elementary School, Jefferson Junior High, George Washington High School, and graduated from Hammond High School in 1959. She received a Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in education from the College of William and Mary in 1964.
Following graduation, she returned to Alexandria to teach at Ficklin Elementary School for four years while living in the Southern Towers apartments in the west end of Alexandria. Later she was employed by the U.S. Congress for 10 years, tended to her husband Jim Brady who became partially paralyzed while serving as President Ronald Reagan's press secretary, and served as chairwoman for Handgun Control for 15 years which was ultimately named for her and her husband. Politically, she was a staunch supporter of Ronald Reagan and later spoke at the Democratic National Convention to re-elect Bill Clinton. Internationally, she and Jim had audiences with the Queen of England and the Pope.
In my view, Sarah Brady is a prominent national figure with strong Alexandria roots whose life should provide stirring inspiration to Alexandria's youngsters for years to come.
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