March 22nd, 2013
09:35 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama account retweets Lennon bloody glasses image

(CNN) - The striking image of John Lennon's bloody glasses, tweeted by his widow Yoko Ono on Wednesday, was resent to President Barack Obama's 28 million Twitter followers Thursday as the debate over gun control continues.

The image shows the round lenses splattered with blood and the text: "Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980."


Lennon was shot by Mark David Chapman outside the New York City apartment building where he and Ono lived.

Ono later tweeted "The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 33 years our son Sean and I still miss him."

Obama's Twitter account is run by Organizing for Action, the political group formed from the president's re-election campaign organization. One of its first major initiatives is promoting Obama's gun control proposals, which were unveiled in the aftermath of December's deadly school massacre in Connecticut.

One of the measures Obama advanced – a ban on assault weapons – was not included in a bill introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday. That legislation would expand background checks, improve school safety and restrict gun trafficking.

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soundoff (284 Responses)
  1. Malcom Westfield

    It's interesting to show only 1 statistic. Since 1980, over 23,100,000 people have been killed by doctors, not including abortions. That's almost a 20 fold increase from gun deaths. It's easy to inflate numbers when you want to shock the sheeple!

    March 22, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Me

    Mark David Chapman was also mentally ill.

    March 22, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Eve of Destruction

    Txjack said, "Eve of Destruction and Deez if you wan to Ban Guns and pass more regulation and are not happy with the USA then please move to a county that has no death by guns like Bahrain."
    -–
    America is flowering with progressive thinking which will make irrelevant relics like you a thing of the past. Wingnuts insist on trying to hold hostage this country's future with violent and extremist views. It is you who seems unhappy with this new direction. I'm not going anywhere, but you are free to find another country which worships guns as much or more than the good ol' USA. Oh wait...there isn't one. Guess you're stuck here with us liberals. Accept it.

    March 22, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "No one is trying to take away your right to "bare arms". But, it might be a good idea to use sunscreen."

    And, for the sake of ALL of us, if you're gonna bare your arms ... keep 'em toned and in shape. NOTHING and I mean NOTHING is as awful to look at as a bare under arm that keeps on waving ... and waving ... and waving.

    @Sniffit. Yeah. I haven't had a good nights sleep in years. All that gay jockeying and Muslim conversions going on under my bed, no doubt. It gets a bit quieter after dawn breaks. Might be the sun shinning in confuses them?

    March 22, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Boo

    Me – Lennon's killer WAS/IS NOT mentally ill. He plead guilty.

    March 22, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. 1n1n1s3

    Obama should Tweet how Obamacare is going to help fight the top ten causes of death or is he just trying to make healthcare and death more available for everyone?

    March 22, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. jay

    @ Malcolm Nice try Your stats are not even close. But thanks for coming out and proving that all gun advocates are a little slow.

    March 22, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Sonia

    So the idiot shown in the video shooting up an Asian food shop got his gun from.....a gun store that did a background check on him? He pumped how many rounds in the store and shot how many people? By the way Stevel stop being a jerk John Lennon was shot in the 80's.

    March 22, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    @jeezlouise: "Another example of what a complete BUFFOON Obama is. Hmm, what were those things the ATF allowed to be sold to Mexican gangs to kill us with? What were those things? Barry?"

    You mean that program started by GW Bush and ended by President Obama? BTW, where's your outrage at Rep. Issa's refusal to have people in the ATF field office testify to what REALLY went on? Or can't you handle the truth?

    If anyone is "smary", it's you, punk.

    March 22, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. 1n1n1s3

    I support President Obama and the Obama Health Care Plan (let's see if this awaits moderation).

    March 22, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. Mary

    Eve let me point out some inconvient facts for you..Uhumm your side lost.The Assault Weapons Ban is essentially a no go.Sorry guess you're stuck in the good ol USA with lots guns and lots of gun owners (of course you can always move away)

    March 22, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. 1n1n1s3

    ok, they have got me pegged... Conservative alert!!!

    March 22, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    @Malcom Westfield: "It's interesting to show only 1 statistic. Since 1980, over 23,100,000 people have been killed by doctors, not including abortions. That's almost a 20 fold increase from gun deaths. It's easy to inflate numbers when you want to shock the sheeple!"

    Doctors don't go around purposefully killing people – and fetuses aren't people. If you don't get the difference between that and pointing a gun at someone and pulling the trigger, then you're the one with the sheep brain.

    March 22, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Floyd from Illinois

    "23 million killed by doctors" is an obvious lie.

    March 22, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    "I'm not sure how far it goes, but a background check is a very nice term to be abused for "Spying" or "Stalking"."

    If you can't learn how to live in a civil society and all the tolerance and compromise that entails, then I suggest you leave – this country or this mortal coil, take your pick. You won't be missed.

    March 22, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    @SCBAMA: "Actually it is the comments on here from liberals that validate conseratives position that any means of control is a first step is taking away all guns from citizens except the government. Not a very good way to get what you want. Bull in a China shop."

    To quote a friend of mine:

    "Oh, and for all of my ultra-conservative friends who think a screaming liberal like me is too much of a pansy to know how to shoot a gun, I’ll give you a ten second head start, Bubba. I suggest you run in a zig-zag pattern. Good luck."

    March 22, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    @Linsey Walker: Lanza's mother was an irresponsible gun owner who not only taught her disturbed son how to shoot, but left loaded weapons around the house. Guess that came back to haunt her just a tad ... Anyone want to wager that she was a card-carrying member of the NRA?

    March 22, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. CaesarXIII

    "Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980."

    I wonder how many people have been killed by the Tobacco Industry since Lennon's death. How come no one is suggesting banning tobacco since it kills more people in a year worldwide than guns do.

    March 22, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Why is it that right wing nutjobs complain about "special interests" taking over Washington, D.C. – except when it's the NRA?

    *crickets*

    March 22, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. achepotle

    Good for our President and Yoko...I'm glad to see our society is moving towards strict gun control, and hopefully confiscations soon.

    March 22, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. kenny

    crazy people should not be allowed to have guns. can we agree on that? who's crazy and who decides you ask? The people who know you best of course ... Your family. Every adult in your immediate family gets to decide whether you get to buy/own a gun. (gramps/granny/mom/dad/brother/sister/son/daughter) If even one thinks you don't deserve to own a gun ... guess what ... neither do I. This will also help make families better. Two birds... your welcome amurika...

    March 22, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    not for nothing , why don't they ever wanna do whats need and put more police on the streets of these troubled cities and do some profiling , your pants to your knees ? question them , listening to loud rap ? Question them . our politicians are so dumb and politically correct , and so firmly attached to the "lets not make the welfare people mad " notion , they are our voters ........in my world if your on welfare and have neither attempted to find a job or you use baby making as a career then you shouldn't be allowed to vote . no different then politicians voting them selves pay raises

    March 22, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. Robert Fricker

    Who really cares? How many drunk drivers killed people, how many pharmaceutical drugs killed people, how many deaths due to obesity, how many deaths due to Non FDA approved work out products or pills or diet supplements??? Get a clue you ignorant chastized reporters! Do your job and report the truth! People kill people not the guns, pills, soda, fast food. OPEN YOUR EYES!

    March 22, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Obama-Bin-Lyin

    Is Obama going to show the bloody clothing of the SEALS that died in his Benghazi scandal?

    March 22, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. 1n1n1s3

    The quote says that over 1,000,000 were killed by guns, not necessarily homicide though – not sure. However, I do know that out of all homicides at least 33% are committed by means other than firearms. How many of the other 66% would have been killed in another way had a firearm not been available? It seems to me that if you are determined to kill someone it can be done a number of ways.

    March 22, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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