YOKO Ono has entered America’s gun control debate by tweeting a provocative image of John Lennon’s bloodstained glasses alongside messages calling for peace.
The photograph of the glasses the Beatle was wearing when he was shot dead on 8 Dec 1980 carries a message reminding people that, since then, more than a million people have been killed by guns in the USA.
She sent the image out four times in quick succession yesterday, on the 44th anniversary of their marriage. The image was retweeted more than 8,000 times.
The artist and peace activist, 79, claimed that guns were turning the country into a warzone.
In one of the tweets accompanying the image she wrote: “The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 33 years our son Sean and I still miss him. Yoko Ono Lennon.”
One of her tweets repeated the message that was superimposed on the moving image, reading: “Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980.”
While the others said: “31,537 people are killed by guns in the USA every year. We are turning this beautiful country into war zone.
“Together, let's bring back America, the green land of peace.”
The image of his glasses with Central Park in the background was also featured on the cover of her 1981 album Season of Glass, her first solo recording after Lennon was killed by Mark Chapman.
The couple were married in Gibraltar on March 20, 1969, and went on honeymoon to Amsterdam, where they famously campaigned for peace by spending an entire week in bed.
The gun debate in America was reignited following the Sandy Hook shootings in December last year.
Ono’s calls for peace came just a day after hopes of a US assault weapon ban faded as Democrat Senate leaders dropped the proposal from a gun control bill expected to be tabled next month.
- Hayley Dixon, Telegraph.co.uk