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(L-R): Alan and Rhoady
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(L-R): Alan and Rhoady

Rhoady Lee, an architect, learned about Brady while being treated in the hospital. After Rhoady had a brain aneurysm at a young age, he was treated at George Washington Hospital and placed in physical therapy for traumatic brain injuries at the same time and place as our namesake, Jim Brady.

Jim had a profound effect on Rhoady’s life. Jim’s sense of humor and perspective helped Rhoady persevere during a difficult time. Rhoady said Jim was a force for good who made everyone around him feel positive and hopeful. Rhoady explained that while Jim and his wife, Sarah, raised awareness about gun violence, it’s unfortunate that their activism had to grow out of personal tragedy. To help heal, Rhoady and Alan moved to Rhoady’s childhood home in Washington state.

Rhoady grew up as a third-generation hunter where everyone in his family takes gun safety seriously. 

His dad had thirty or forty rifles and/or long guns and everyone in the family was taught to use them responsibly. Hunting is part of the culture in Washington state and Rhoady explained that all of his family members support proper gun licensing and permits, gun safety education, and that there’s no reason to have an assault weapon — definitely not for hunting.

RHOADY SAID IT IS CLEAR TO HIM THAT ALTHOUGH THE NRA STARTED OUT TEACHING GUN SAFETY, NOW THEY ARE REALLY AN EXTENSION OF THE GUN INDUSTRY.

While they find it discouraging that gun violence continues and that thousands have already been killed this year by gun violence, Rhoady and Alan are hopeful that so much of the country is supportive of gun violence prevention policies,including gun owners. They also hope the next generation will steer the tide away from the extremism of the NRA and lead us toward a better and safer society for all. 

We at Brady thank Rhoady and Alan for their long-time support of Brady and our mission to save lives! 

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