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Jim Brady, once more a gun-crime statistic

So, this happened:

This week’s death of former White House press secretary James Brady, who survived a gunshot wound to the head in a 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, has been ruled a homicide, District of Columbia police said Friday. ...

An autopsy revealed the cause of death to be a gunshot wound and its health consequences, and the manner of death was ruled a homicide, according to a news release Friday from District police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump. Nancy Bull, district administrator for the Virginia medical examiner’s office, which made the ruling, declined to disclose any more results of the autopsy and referred inquiries to District police.

In 1982, the shooter, John Hinckley Jr., who imagined his brash act would attract the eye of actress Jody Foster, was found not guilty by reason of insanity on all 13 charges brought against him. Federal prosecutors are said to be “reviewing” their options; meanwhile, long-time Hinckley attorney Barry Levine described as “far-fetched” the notion his client would face fresh charges.

Some instant pundits on the ’net sniff politics in the novel ruling, but unless and until something instructive is learned about the gun-control philosophy of the Virginia medical examiner’s office generally or Dr. Bull specifically, The Right Stuff is prepared to say, with eyebrow arched, the turn of events is fascinating, and leave it at that.