Yoko Ono tweets against guns showing Lennon's bloody glasses

NEW YORK Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:12pm EDT

The eyeglasses John Lennon was wearing at the time he was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in New York City are seen in a Twitter photo posted by his widow Yoko Ono March 20, 2013. REUTERS/@yokoono via Twitter/Handout

The eyeglasses John Lennon was wearing at the time he was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in New York City are seen in a Twitter photo posted by his widow Yoko Ono March 20, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/@yokoono via Twitter/Handout

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yoko Ono has taken up arms against gun violence with a raft of Twitter postings, including a photograph of blood-stained glasses apparently worn by John Lennon when he was shot and killed more than 30 years ago.

"Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980," Ono, the former Beatle's widow, tweeted.

Below the message she included a photo of what appears to be Lennon's blood-stained eyeglasses, perched on a ledge with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.

Lennon was shot and killed outside the Dakota apartment building in Manhattan as he and Ono returned to their home. Ono still lives there.

The bold text above the graphic photo is black, except for the words "Over 1,057,000" and "John Lennon," which appear in bright red.

Ono posted several more messages, including: "The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 33 years our son Sean and I still miss him. Yoko Ono Lennon," and "31,537 people are killed by guns in the USA every year. We are turning this beautiful country into a war zone."

Earlier this week, Ono tweeted filmmaker Michael Moore asking for his support.

"Michael Moore @mmflint Join me to kick off a mass movement against gun violence from your living room on Sat March 23 - Yes! love, yoko".

In other Twitter messages Ono, 80, linked an Oxfam video about global arms and the ammunition trade, a newspaper article on actors joining the anti-gun movement and a YouTube video of the parents of girl killed in a shooting.

(Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Patricia Reaney and Maureen Bavdek)

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Comments (13)
kazoshay wrote:
The only way yoko ono should be famous is in an alternate reality where she jumped in front of lennon and took the bullet.

Mar 21, 2013 12:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jscott418 wrote:
Always mention the gun but never the mental illness of the shooter? Yes, let’s take away the means of the shootings but not deal with the reasons. So next time a mentally ill person will just use a big knife or a bomb or something other then a gun.

Mar 21, 2013 12:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
lizritz wrote:
the story says “”31,537 people are killed by guns in the USA every year.”
according to the CDC web site….
In 1990 , 1,429,577 legal abortions were reported to CDC.
We murder over 1 million babies a year and call it legal. I wonder if Ono and Michael moore are OK with that number.

Mar 21, 2013 1:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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