Thirty years after John Hinckley fired a bullet into her husband's brain in an attempt to kill Ronald Reagan, Sarah Brady can't understand why gun reform is still so hard to pass. In her Washington Post op-ed, she criticizes Republicans in particular, especially those who claim to revere Reagan but oppose the "common-sense" gun laws he himself backed. This made it all the harder for her to "watch history repeat itself" with the Gabby Giffords shooting. "It’s hard to believe that any American would sully his credibility by suggesting that a 32-round assault clip has a legitimate use in our society."
She and husband Jim continue to work for reform and hold out hope that the NRA's powerful grip on lawmakers will one day disappear. Brady likens it to the civil rights movement. "It took audacity to stand up, face dogs, hoses and lynch mobs, and fight for it," she writes. "Now is the time for our elected officials to stand up and lead the way to a nation free of gun violence." (Read more Sarah Brady stories.)