If a picture paints a thousand words then Yoko Ono’s contribution to America’s gun law debate will be difficult for the firearms lobby to counter.
She has tweeted a picture of the bloodstained glasses her husband John Lennon was wearing when he was shot dead in New York 33 years ago accompanied by the words: “Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980.”
Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980. twitter.com/yokoono/status…— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) 20 mars 2013
Ono, sent out several tweets in quick succession to mark the 44th anniversary of her marriage to the former Beatle.
In one of the tweets accompanying the image she wrote: “The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 33 years our son Sean and I still miss him. Yoko Ono Lennon.”
The image of his glasses with Central Park in the background was also featured on the cover of her 1981 album Season of Glass, her first solo recording after Lennon was killed by Mark Chapman.
The couple were married in Gibraltar on March 20, 1969, and went on honeymoon to Amsterdam, where they famously campaigned for peace by spending an entire week in bed.
The gun debate in America was reignited following the Sandy Hook shootings in December last year.