Many (most?) of us suspect the area in and around Washington, DC is a reality-free
zone. A North Virginia medical examiner has done nothing to quash that
suspicion, rulingthat James Brady was murdered in 2014 – 33 years after being shot.
Jim Brady and Ronald Reagan - Fox
First, all due respect to James Brady. A madman severely injured him in the
service of this Nation and the Reagan Administration. The brain damage was so
severe that only miraculous luck, modern medicine and Jim Brady’s will to live prevented
the attack from actually being murder. Furthermore, we've little compassion for the assailant.
In a rational society, he should have been circling Dante’s Inferno long ago.
Most commentators are at a loss to explain the ruling. According to the Washington
Post, there's little chance of a murder prosecution. Common law holds an assault can only be murder if the victim dies within a year and a day. A jury of
average intelligence (yeah, we know) would likely find the 33 year span difficult to swallow. The madman has already been found not guilty by reason of insanity for the
attempted murders. The Post lists another handful of good reasons against further prosecution.
Like it or not (and we don’t), the attacker will probably never pay for the
suffering he caused. But, this is a nation of laws, however imperfect, and we should be thankful for that.
James Brady Surrounded by Antis Frank
Lautenberg. Paul Helmke and Sarah Brady - AP
Whatever the medical examiner’s reasons: simple-minded bureaucracy, Brady family
pressure, political intrigue or something else; the anti-gun industry will certainly relish
the chance to wave Jim Brady’s bloody shirt once again.