Yoko Ono, the widow of John Lennon, marked the 39th anniversary of his death on Sunday with a viral message to end gun violence in the United States.
The singer-songwriter and founder of the Beatles was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside of his New York City home on December 8, 1980, at the age of 40.
Ono, 86, took to social media to pay tribute to her late husband and published was an image that replicated a pair of glasses worn by Lennon when he was killed - with one half covered in blood.
Since Lennon's assassination in 1980, 1.4 million people in the United States lost their lives to gun violence, the text above the glasses read.
Every day, 100 Americans and shot and killed, the acclaimed musician and human rights activist said. We have turned our amazing country into a war zone, Ono continued, highlighting that it is high time to bring the ''green land of Peace'' America back. She used numerous hashtags, among which #endgunviolence and #guncontrolnow.
In a separate post, Yoko Ono talked about the feeling of loss her family shares on this day every year. After 39 years, his sons Julian and Sean and I still miss him, Ono admitted, describing the death of a family member as a ''hollowing experience.''
Imagine all the people living a peaceful life, she added, referring to one of Lennon's biggest hits, ''Imagine.''
Yoko Ono has been publishing similar posts since 2013. Six years ago, she shared the same image on Twitter, along with a short message. In 2016, she published it again on Facebook and Twitter. All three posts share the same message: stop gun violence in the United States.
A quick look into the image she keeps sharing shows that the number of people killed with guns has grown every time. The one shared in 2013 read there were 1,057,000 gun-related deaths since 1980. In 2016, their number went up to 1.2 million since Lennon's death.
According to CBS, in 2019, there have been more mass shootings than days. By December 1, the 335th day of 2019, there had already been 385 mass shootings across the country.
What do you think? Do you support or oppose Yoko Ono's statement that the government should take measures and change the gun laws?