March 22nd, 2013
09:35 AM ET
2 years 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.

MORE: Reid formally introduces legislation to combat gun violence

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  1. Sniffit

    "Drugs kill more people than guns do.
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    Perhaps, but people ON drugs, or off/on their prescribed mood-altering drugs who have access to guns can and have committed incredible carnage.
    There was a study recently that concluded that the common denominator in all of these mass killings here and in the U.K. were young people who had been prescribed mood-altering drugs."
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    Indeed. The most dangerous drugs out there are the "legal" ones. The others are only criminalized so they can selectively enforce the law in urban centers and fill up the prisons.

    March 22, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Since 1982 there have been 1,250,760 deaths due to automobile fatalities... So should guns be our biggest issue. No.
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    Were a preponderance of these fatalities pre-meditated, with the car being the weapon of choice?
    Babe, you called them fatalities not MURDERS.
    Bricks and oranges....

    March 22, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. SpencerRifle

    Why isn't the Ruger Mini-14 demonized in the press like the AR-15? It's a semi-auto rifle that shoots the same caliber round from a 20 or 30-round magazine at the same rate of fire...one shot per pull of the trigger. Is it because it's made of wood instead of black polymer & therefore looks more like a "traditional" rifle? That's discrimination, man.

    March 22, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. SFRich

    Duh... the issue is gun violence. Remove easy access to guns and less people will die from them. Those that need guns can take the "necessary steps" to obtain them.

    At a minimum these steps should include a background check, a mental health evaluation of some sort, and a waiting period. It makes sense to have "necessary steps" in order to make it more difficult for those who should not have access to guns from EASILY getting them. Currently access IS too easy. The NRA says all of this is unnecessary because it won't stop killing by unlawful individuals, SO WHY BOTHER trying to solve this issue at all.

    If we used the same logic with medicine, we would not develop vaccines for diseases (because they aren't 100% effective and having to get them is inconvenient) or take preventative measures to avoid illness (because there is still a chance one might get sick).

    March 22, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. john

    How many millions upon millions of babies were killed by abortions in the same time frame. That number dwarfs those killed in gun violence. Take a picture of that and tweet it......

    March 22, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Mokondis Smith

    And 1,320,000 people were killed in motor vehicle accident in the same period. Was it the motor vehicle's fault or possibly an error of the driver.
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    You are making a totally false equivalence between car accidental death rates and gun homicide rates. You are looking at the absolute numbers, instead of the relative numbers. It's like complaing that Riomeny pays millions in taxes.

    And at least ten thousand times that number used a motor vehicle without being killed, but more importantly without the intent to kill. The death rate per times the car is used is far lower when compared to the death rate per times the gun is used. People make a billion trips per day in a motor vehicle, probably close to half a tirllion per year. I would say that the death rate per use is pretty low. Guns would have a much higher death rate when you look at them the same way.

    March 22, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Dominican mama: "We've become a cold-blooded, unfeeling country."

    Indeed we have. I used to chuckle when my parent's would "school" me in empthay and self awareness. I only wish I could tell them thank you for that "schooling". Hopefully those that comment on CNN are in the minority.

    Murder, though? Not a silly subject to laugh and bicker over.

    March 22, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Rissa

    People die, from lots of things. It is part of life. If you never lost the people important to you, you would never know how valued they are to you. Heart diease has killed roughly 19 billion people since Lennon's death and no one has outlawed fast food. I guess we are all just being conditioned to be complacent, fat and ill educated sheep. Kudos on that America.

    March 22, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Txjack

    If you rid the political system of all the Liberals and reinstate and enforce the "Death Penalty" then Gun Control will not be an issue.

    Death Penalty is a deterrent no matter what you Liberals say.

    Come to Texas we execute more on Death Row than any state. Thank GOD.

    When you had the Death Penalty in place back in the 60’s you did not have this large issue of gun deaths.

    March 22, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Indeed. The most dangerous drugs out there are the "legal" ones. The others are only criminalized so they can selectively enforce the law in urban centers and fill up the prisons
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    Correct. Prisons are businesses filled with "cheap labor". Shameful really.

    March 22, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Calidip

    The drug WAR has killed more people than guns have. End the drug war.

    March 22, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Umpire11

    Almost as many as have been killed by Automobiles.....why aren't we standing on all those graves, too! Driving has gotten out of hand!

    March 22, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Name lynn

    President obama wasnt born when the bloody glasses was worn, whats wrong with the media an news cast, obama is trying to keep peace in the middle east, an the media is talking about john l bloody glasses.

    March 22, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Audie Dropkick

    Rudy NYC, I love your manipulation of numbers. There are well over 300 million firearms in the US and about 300 million motor vehicles. The fact more people died in motor vehicles than died by gunfire over the same time period is even more telling than you may think. More people commit suicide with guns than cars. So cars are clearly more dangerous to innocent people minding their own life affirming business. And never mind the original purpose of motor vehicles, it never matters to the innocent dead how they were killed. Dead is dead.

    March 22, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Larry

    I really doubt that number, but what ever the number is it includes police, suicides, accidents, and murder.

    March 22, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. SpencerRifle

    The gun ban has died in Congress because people outside of New York, New Jersey, California, Maryland, & Connecticut don't want it & have told their Congressmen just that. Find something else to rant about.

    March 22, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @John

    How many millions of babies were killed by abortions in the same time frame? Well, let me put it this way... it a whole lot better to have an abortion than to give birth to a child and see the child developed into a lovely human being, only to be massacred by some right wing lunatic nutjob.

    March 22, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. Deez

    Automobile fatalities a problem? Of course! Which is why we are constantly making cars safer, researching ways to make our roads safer, requiring drivers licenses, and regular automobile inspections.

    Are guns a problem? Of course! Which is why we need more regulation!

    March 22, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Audie Dropkick

    Rudy NYC, I love your manipulation of numbers. There are well over 300 million firearms in the US and about 300 million motor vehicles. The fact more people died in motor vehicles than died by gunfire over the same time period is even more telling than you may think. More people commit suicide with guns than cars. So cars are clearly more dangerous to innocent people minding their own life affirming business. And never mind the original purpose of motor vehicles, it never matters to the innocent dead how they were killed. Dead is dead.
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    We prohibit those who commit vehicular homicide from driving motor vehicles, don't we? We even prohibit those who don't even kill, such as DUI, from using motor vehicles, don't we? In fact, we have laws that regulate and register the sale of motor vehickles, don't we?

    We have traffic laws that regulate the use of motor vehicles, don't we? And if we didn't have things like stop sighs, double yellow lines, red lights and speed limits, a lot more people would die on the roads, wouldn't they?

    March 22, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Eve of Destruction

    iamnotresponsible said, "They both make quite a pair of peaceniks. Maybe they should get together for a round of 'Give Peace a Chance'."
    -–
    I wouldn't have a problem with this. It's an exponentially more positive vision than the hate-mongering, violence-inducing GOP & Tea Party zealots chanting "Praise the lord, and pass the ammunition."

    December 8th, 1980 was the day I became an activist for banning guns in the USA.

    March 22, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    -Deez

    Automobile fatalities a problem? Of course! Which is why we are constantly making cars safer, researching ways to make our roads safer, requiring drivers licenses, and regular automobile inspections.

    Are guns a problem? Of course! Which is why we need more regulation!
    *************
    Just wait for a gun-hugger to state their guns never ran over anyone.

    March 22, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. CosmicC

    So much lunacy, I'm not sure where to start. I guess it's the comparison of gun deaths to automobile deaths. Imagine how many more people would have died were cars as unregulated as guns. It's easy if you try...yeah, I was going to go down the Imagine lyrics route and just gave up. Sensible regulations will not stop all gun deaths, but will certainly stop many, just as seat belts and airbags do.

    March 22, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. longtooth

    A population disarmed by its own government is scarier than an armed population in a free society. Well-meaning folks like to think that, if we make guns disappear, we will all be safe. Unfortunately, mankind has been very clever at coming up with ways to kill and maim, and that will not change any time soon.
    We need to stop name-calling and demonization and focus on why these crimes are committed. To focus on the weapon used instead of the reason the crime was committed is simplistic and intellectually lazy.

    March 22, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. Kyle

    @SFRich: All of your proposed solutions serve only to decrease "easy access" to law-abiding citizens and open the door for the Federal Government to deem anyone unable to obtain weapons. Who will set the threshold for the proposed mental evaluations? Does common depression exclude one from gun ownership? DUI? Drug posession? And what qualifications will the evaluators have? How much leeway will they have in making determinations. As someone very familiar with the inner workings of Federal agencies I call tell you without hesitation that "common sense" is non-existent with these types. Gun control has nothing to do with the safety of the people and everything to do with controlling the people.

    March 22, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. Tammy

    People have no FEAR of anything....God (or any god), consequences....no morals, no respect for humans ~ THAT is the problem; guns, drugs, evil, bad people, mentally disturbed people...it's ALL been around FOREVER...it's not ANY ONE THING; it's just people. And the problem is, as the generations go on, these morals and standards of life continued to get WATERED DOWN and diluted, not being TAUGHT to our younger people, and not being passed on to our YOUNGER people; it's ALL been lost............and now, NOBODY CARES ABOUT ANYTHING....so now we're acting like ANIMALS and it's the NORM now......so, so, so very sad..........Satan is winning in this world, that is for sure.

    March 22, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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