March 22nd, 2013
09:35 AM ET
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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. God Bless

    As stated by others, what about the millions of babies being killed every year through abortion. Take a picture of that Mr. President.
    Also think about the number of murders that have been stopped by responsible citizens that would not have been able to do so without their legally owned firearm.
    All your going to do is take away guns from the honest responsible citizens who are doing good with their firearms.
    All that will happen is all the people you are forcing us to pay for through well fair, in which yes some deserve but most are just to lazy to find a job, will go out and illegaly have the guns and still do the murders.

    March 22, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. dadennehy

    Lets show all the pics of the holocaust,ethnic cleasnsing,red october on and on..all brought to you because of GUN CONTROL..dont say it cant happen again..history repeats itself.

    March 22, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Dubach

    The John Lennon tragedy is a perfect example why government should concentrate on mental illness instead of gun control.

    March 22, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. CosmicC

    @txjack – Yup, ignore us liberals. You have faith (belief without proof) in violence. Your religion (your faith) is violence. Is that really the life you profess to lead?

    March 22, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Lately I've been watching Alaska State Troopers on the Discovery Channel and apart from the drunkedness, domestic violance, widespread burglaries, pot smoking and paraphinalia usage, frequent traffic violations and people driving without a driver's license, shooting of game during the off season and so on, half of the Alaskan population carry unregistered guns. But I don't have a problem with that because most of Alaska is desolate wilderness where people are outnumbered by animals and cops are few. And as legend has it, during the winter season, there's a fearsome wild beast that roams the foothills of Wasilla and even terrorize the Russians. That is why everyone in Alaska needs assault weapons. But on the mainland, that's a different story however.

    March 22, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Hoolio

    Emperor Obama will stop at nothing to further his slimy, progressive, agendas. Typical behavior from a typical Chicago mob boss

    March 22, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    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.
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    You do realize, of course, that, based on your logic of having an abortion due to fear of what may happen to the child at some point in the future, every baby would be aborted and the human race would be extinct?

    March 22, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Big_D

    There is no simple solution to this problem.

    March 22, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Mr. hand

    Can you imagine what those glasses would fetch at an auction?

    March 22, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Txjack

    @ 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.

    March 22, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @Fair

    Like if you care right??? You frequently twist the facts and lie like hell on the issues of the day and now you're trying to sound logical? Please.

    March 22, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. Jarhead4life

    I grew up in the 60's, had lots of guns in my bedroom, shell presses, gun powder, etc. I did lots of hunting, target shooting & gun restoration as a teenager. I didn't go around shooting people nor did anyone else during this time. Then again, we didnt have violent tv, violent movies, violent video games to twist our minds. There were strict rules in school. We could get the paddle from the principal when we screwed up. Our parents could whip are ass when we got in trouble. Still the guns were there and available. Always have been. The problem is the moral breakdown in society. Stop trying to take 2nd amendment rights away from law abiding citizens and focus on the real problem.

    March 22, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. emskadittle

    if the answer is more help for mental illness, why are republicans attacking healthcare reform?

    March 22, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "There is no simple solution to this problem."

    Nobody's claiming that there is. One side is trying to discuss potential solutions and the other side is saying "the only solution is more guns, so no discussion should be had of anything else whatsoever."

    March 22, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    All the Iraqis and Afghans have to do is come to the United States and walla, they can have all the guns they want at our shoot-all-you-can buffet.

    March 22, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. vr13

    I also have bloodied glasses. Collided on a skiing slope with a snowboard last week. Should I post them to support my agenda of removing snowboarders from skiing slopes?

    March 22, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    I never knew that John Lennon was killed by an assault riffle.

    March 22, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ 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,
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    I wholeheartedly agree with you Tammy.
    And if your idea of Satan is that we create our own hell here on earth, I agree with you on that also.

    March 22, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    Big_D

    There is no simple solution to this problem.
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    It is enlightening to try and read through all the comments from folks who want to protect their rights to have guns that don't kill, though. It kind of makes you scratch your head and wonder why they want the damn things to begin with. If not to kill ... oh, I'm sorry. To protect.

    March 22, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "All that will happen is all the people you are forcing us to pay for through well fair, in which yes some deserve but most are just to lazy to find a job, will go out and illegaly have the guns and still do the murders."

    Ha, that's a new one. Mind connecting the dots for us to show us all precisely how you made the quantum leap from "some peolpe receive welfare" to "all the lazy welfare recipients are going to get free black market guns and commit murders"?

    BTW, we know you meant minorities.

    March 22, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. Mike

    I hope he tweeted those pics to the CIA and FBI since they were the ones that took John out.

    March 22, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. 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.
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    Don't try to manipulate my point. I'm not counting cars or weapons. I'm counting how many car trips are made per day, which is probably close to a billion or more per day in a country of 300 million. Are you telling me that weapons are fired by the general public in this country more than a billion times per day? It sounds like it.

    March 22, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Lets show all the pics of the holocaust,ethnic cleasnsing,red october on and on..all brought to you because of GUN CONTROL..dont say it cant happen again..history repeats itself."

    How about we show all the pictures of the dismembered Sandy Hook children? You gun fetishists aren't throwing enough of an irrational hissy fit yet and I want entertainment.

    March 22, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. DumbasRocks [R]s

    God Bless John Lennon. And God Bless Yoko Ono for helping John to continue his all-too effective fight against rightwing idiocy even after his death. The people who remain on the political 'right' are so intellectually underachieving that they continue to lose the fights they pick with dead men.

    March 22, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Joe

    John Lennon was shot with a Charter Arms Undercover .38 Special. 5 shot revolving chamber. I thought they only wanted to take away assault rifles? Not! Either that or the president is finally going to get serious about doing something with the mentally ill and gangs which are the real problems!

    March 22, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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