James Brady was Assistant to the President and White House Press Secretary under President Ronald Reagan. He was among those shot during John Hinckley, Jr's March 30, 1981, assassination attempt on Reagan. Though suffering a serious head wound that left him partially paralyzed for life, Brady served as press secretary the duration of Reagan's two terms in office. Brady subsequently led lobbying efforts for stricter handgun control. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, also known simply as the Brady Bill, was named in his honor.