Yoko Ono tweeted this on the anniversary of her wedding of her late husband and Beatles singer-songwriter John Lennon—while also making a statement about gun violence.
The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 33 years our son Sean and I still miss him. Yoko Ono Lennon twitter.com/yokoono/status…— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) March 20, 2013
Ono also sent another tweet, attaching the same image, noting that more than 30,000 deaths are caused by firearms each year in the U.S.:
31,537 people are killed by guns in the USA every year. We are turning this beautiful country into war zone. twitter.com/yokoono/status…— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) March 20, 2013
Astute respondents to Ono's tweets have noted that the majority of firearm deaths in the U.S. are suicides (19,392 in 2010, compared to 31,672 total, according to the CDC), though the fact that gun deaths, as a whole, have risen since 2000 should raise concerns for both advocates of gun control and those wishing to expand gun ownership rights.
Clint Smith is a teacher, writer, and doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University studying incarceration, education,… More