Many of us have seen the photo of John Lennon’s bloody glasses, taken from his person after being shot four times by Mark David Chapman in 1980. However, on Thursday, Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, tweeted out the image as part of a personal crusade to combat gun violence in the United States.
Ono did not tweet the image out once, but did so multiple times, accompany the visuals with emotional messages harkening back to Lennon’s shooting so long ago. You can check out one of the saddest tweets, below.
“The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 33 years our son Sean and I still miss him. Yoko Ono Lennon.”
Lennon’s death was a mess. The famous Beatles musician and political activist made no bones about fighting for peace in his life, and his senseless death at the hands of Chapman due to an obsession with Catcher in the Rye and a belief that Lennon was a phony was both shocking and appalling for fans and anyone whose life Lennon had touched. It’s no surprise that 33 years later, Ono is still mourning the death of her husband, but I do question splashing the man’s bloody glasses across Twitter in the attempt to turn a political message into an emotional one.
In the years since Lennon’s death, Chapman has been denied parole a whopping number of times since he was first eligible in 2000 and it doesn’t seem like he'll be getting out anytime soon. While Ono is involved in a ton of other random projects, for her part, she’s always been against gun violence and for an understandable reason:
"Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the U.S.A. since John Lennon was shot and killed on December 8, 1980."
That’s a staggering number, one that was even retweeted by President Obama.