Barack Obama’s Twitter account retweeted a graphic photo of the bloody glasses of murdered Beatle John Lennon, who was gunned down in New York City in 1980.
The image, featuring the eye glasses on a hard surface with the New York City skyline in the background, was originally tweeted by Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono with a caption, “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.”
President Obama’s Twitter account endorsed Ono’s activism by retweeting the graphic image to 28 million POTUS followers, as the administration and congressional Democrats try to push for more gun control after the Sandy Hook tragedy.
A proposed assault weapons ban and universalized background check bill has failed to gain traction due to the lack of bipartisan supports.
John Lennon was shot and killed in front of his Manhattan condo building by Mark David Chapman more than three decades ago. He and Yoko Ono had just returned from Record Plant Studio.
Chapman later acknowledged that he killed the musician because he was incensed by his “more popular than Jesus” remark, considering it blasphemy. The shooter was convicted of second degree murder and remains behind bars at a maximum security prison in New York, where he has been denied parole seven times.
Besides his widow, Lennon is survived by sons Julian, 50, and Sean, 37.
Photos: WENN, Twitter-Yoko Ono