March 22nd, 2013
09:35 AM ET
7 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.

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  1. Malory Archer

    Steve- Illinois

    A) The shooter was mentally ill, the libs support the "right" of the mentally ill to not be required to get treatment, or take medication.


    Source for your lie please. Additionally, let me remind you that your hero raygun's Mental Health Patient Bill of Rights pretty much emptied treatment facilities of anyone who DIDN'T WANT TO BE THERE!!! The woman you see every day pushing a shopping cart overflowing with who knows what and shouting incoherently at passers-by would be in a mental health facility right now if it wasn't for raygun. A Tampa cop and his K9 partner would both still be alive if the disheveled guy pushing a shopping cart full of high-powered weapons down a city street had not been able to check himself out of a treatment facility, thanks to raygun's Mental Health Patients bill of rights.

    March 22, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. freedom


    The only radical this country should be worried about is in the White House. His name is Obama.

    And who can respect or listen to a woman who broke up a lifelong friendship between John and Paul – and The Beatles. Those kind of women are only about themselves.

    March 22, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer


    The celebrities all live in blue states, they are well educated, work hard and pay their fair share of taxes and they don't live on welfare and handouts like you people in red states.

    March 22, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Canuck

    "You should see how bad it gets when only the government has guns"

    How is that going to happen? There's miilions upon millions of guns already out there and you know it. You come across as a paranoid fool.

    March 22, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    your right to keep and bear arms that is as of yet a right of every American citizen that is mentally stable and not a criminal.
    Yes so that their mentally unstable, Prozac-consuming and soon-to-be criminal offsprings and realtives can have access to them to dismember 6-year olds.

    March 22, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Additionally, let me remind you that your hero raygun's Mental Health Patient Bill of Rights pretty much emptied treatment facilities of anyone who DIDN'T WANT TO BE THERE!!!
    Yes, that's right Mallory! Thanks for the reminder. That was part of "Who-Am-I" Raygun's legacy.

    March 22, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Realityblowz

    1st) Any mention of hunting or Traditions during a conversation about the 2nd Amendment, proves that the speaker knows nothing, and should remain quiet. 2nd) Just because people refuse to accept the reality that Human Monsters do exist, does not mean that myself or my family should be prohibited from defending ouselves from them.

    March 22, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    idahoan wrote:

    You know libs you lost get over it.The AWB is history.The average American said NO.Do you not understand that?
    The average American did not say "no" to the AWB. The NRA said it, and the Republicans obliged them. Polls show that 85% of Americans want an assault weapons ban.
    If it's so popular, why doesn't Harry Reid bring it up for a vote? I'll tell you why – he is a pitiful political COWARD.

    March 22, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Thisguy

    So 32000 a year have been murdered with guns since 1980? Lies. All lies.

    March 22, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    You know America has a gun and violence problem when people refer to their gun as "John Lennon."

    March 22, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. Baptist_Deacon

    Maybe Yoko should be advocating the censorship of "Catcher in the Rye"!

    March 22, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. TheMovieFan

    Over a million people dead? That is the price gun nuts are willing to pay...particular if they didn't know any of those people.

    March 22, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. Kelley

    The media should refrain from mentioning the shooters' names. Notoriety is what they sought in many cases, certainly in the case of John Lennon's murderer. We should not encourage other mentally ill people to think they will get the notoriety they seek by "immortalizing" their names in the media.

    March 22, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "And who can respect or listen to a woman who broke up a lifelong friendship between John and Paul – and The Beatles. Those kind of women are only about themselves."

    Seriously? You have a problem with Yoko Ono reminding America of how her husband was gunned down in America? Guess your freedom mantra only applies to you and your ideology. For those of us on the left ... not so much.

    March 22, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. cfscoh

    You know what bothers me most...
    Golf courses are such a waste of land...
    They would make a great outdoor shooting range.

    Something I would like to know...
    How is it that most Democrats know nothing about guns?
    If they were so smart, don't you think they would know!
    How do they avoid going in the armed forces?
    If they really cared about our country, they should serve our country too!

    BEN... Thank you for your comment. Very accurate and intelligent. Just wish some of these libs would learn from it!!!!!!!

    March 22, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    If it's so popular, why doesn't Harry Reid bring it up for a vote? I'll tell you why – he is a pitiful political COWARD.
    Escape the echo chamber once in a while. He is bringing it up for a vote. Sen. Reid is playing a much more subtle game.

    There a lot of Tea Party freshmen in the Senate and the House who have no NRA scores because they've never held putlic office before. He's going to give them all of the rope they need to establish the perfect aces with the NRA, for the express purpose of demonizing them down the road for having supported the NRA so faithfully.

    March 22, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    1,057, 33 years. Pales in comaprison to the over 50 Million murdered by abortion, which the Democrats are so supportive of.
    4,500 American Soldiers dead, 40,000 + injured, 100,000 Iraqis dead based on a lie that republicans sold the country. How you like those numbers?

    March 22, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    Gus don't kill.............people do.

    March 22, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Dean

    Over 60% of these deaths are suicides. We really don't have a gun problem, we have a society problem.

    March 22, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. Matt

    That number seems WAY overblown. It's almost as high as the number killed in car accidents (around 100 per day) and we know that far far more people die in car accidents.

    Even if it was accurate, it's a number that leaves-out all of the important details. Like that a huge portion of gun-related deaths are suicides. A majority that aren't involve illegally owned weapons. Only a tiny fraction involve assault-style weapons like the AR-15. Almost none involve true assault weapons that are fully automatic like the M-16. The most shocking cases (like Sandy Hook) usually involve mental illnesses...

    March 22, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. Deesnutz

    What kind of sick person takes their dead husbands bloody glasses puts them on a table in a posed position to take a picture of them?

    March 22, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Boo

    Noone broke up the "lifelong friendship" of Lennon and McCartney. Years before John's murder, both men had reconciled, hung out together and even talked about getting the Beatles back together.

    March 22, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. advocatusdiaboli

    That figure is a lie. The FBI, who keep meticulous records on this category of crime, show around 8,000 per year. For the tally to be 1 million, Lennon would have to have been killed in 125 years ago.

    March 22, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. Oscar

    Both Lennon and Ono supported and celebrated the drug and alcohol culture which has killed many times more people than guns

    March 22, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    You know what would be interesting? If a faction of Afghan troops surrounded by a batallion of U.S. forces were to suddenly whip out the Preamble and point to the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. Gee, Oops, my bad. Well, sorry we invaded your country and took away your guns. Game Over. Mission Acccomplished Not!

    March 22, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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