Lennon's Blood-Stained Glasses Reignite Gun Debate

Yoko Ono posted an image of John Lennon's blood-stained glasses from the day he was murdered alongside an unsettling statistic about US gun crime.

Lennon's Blood-Stained Glasses Reignite Gun Debate
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Yoko Ono has reignited the gun control debate by posting a controversial picture of John Lennon's blood-stained glasses. The image shows the glasses Lennon was wearing when he was shot by gunman Mark Chapman 33 years ago, alongside the following statistic: "Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980." Gun control in the US has been a hot topic again since the tragic shootings in Sandy Hook, Aurora and other locations in 2012. At one point, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine accused President Obama of staging the shootings to prompt a gun control debate. Ono posted further messages describing her grief at losing her husband. "The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 33 years our son Sean and I still miss him," said one. Another read: "31,537 people are killed by guns in the USA every year. We are turning this beautiful country into war zone." It's not the first time Ono has revealed the image of the late Beatles' blood-stained glasses. It first appeared on her 1981 album "Season Of Glass".

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    emeryd1
    I love how Mustaine has crept into this article. Sneaky bugger.
    cambo187
    Yoko...John Lennon's only weakness
    Dimarzio45
    This is THE. GREATEST. YOKO. VIDEO. EVER . My only complaint is that it would've been nice to hear what he was talking about rather than him talking over it. But still, PRICELESS. lol
    diegobanhart
    they should be focused on crazy and mentally ill people ,not guns,people kill people,a gun is just a tool
    Dimarzio45
    And that argument has held true for a looong time. But, ALL OF A SUDDEN, people have gained a higher sense of being, a zen-like, enlightened state of mind where, ANYTHING is possible once guns are eliminated from the equation. A world where violence CEASES to exist. A world where we have nothing to fear but the next greatest human accomplishment that will pave the road for the next achievement. In this land of dystopia, we feel nothing but happiness that is brought on by a friendly shot to the body through a sip of water and the next public announcement. In this society lies all of the happiness every single fallen folk ever dreamt of. While euphorically enduring and submitting, we ritualistically remind ourselves of the pain and loss our descendants have endured. We, as a people, have chosen to forget about the way we turned against ourselves and worshipped those who promised security. A world without violence of any sort. The only weapon imaginable is a tool of creativity and human progression. You have now entered into the ..... Twilight Zone .....
    Dimarzio45
    Doo-dee-doo-doo, Doo-dee-doo-doo *Closed door spinning around* Doo-dee-doo-doo, Doo-dee-doo-doo *Guy smoking cigarette- WHICH HASN'T BEEN BANNED Doo-dee-doo-doo, Doo-dee-doo-doo I think a lot of people are living in this world already. That's my final thought. lol
    Rustus
    The problem is not, has ever been, nor will ever be the guns themselves. You can take the guns away, but you cannot take away the evil in the hearts of a human. It will always be there, and, gun or no gun, they will find ways of massacring if massacring is what they want. I go my own path. I choose not to kill others. I own a gun, and I keep it taken care of. But you can bet if some dirtbag comes through that door without my permission I won't hesitate to plug him if he tries something funny. It should also be noted I own several medieval weapons including swords, maces, axes and even a flail... its a hobby of mine. Does that make me dangerous? Only if I make a conscious decision to go out and murder someone, something I will not do. The issue is not the weapon, it is the wielder. Far as I am concerned, the government can continue to decay, because I know that eventually We The People will realize that they have taken far too many liberties with our liberty, and once that happens, it will be all over for it.
    headbang123
    Gun regulations or no gun regulations, there's always gonna be those *****s who can get a hold of guns with absolutely no regard for the law. You cannot stop that, as much as some of us like to think we can. So we might as well let people have guns to defend themselves. Cause you can't just assume everyone who has a gun is irresponsible.
    Firehawk2410
    The problem is not the guns. It is that anyone and everyone can get them and the people who shouldn't have aren't getting any mental help because we pretend mental illness doesn't exist.
    samhell
    Being that this is the only place I've ever read this, and I am heavily involved in the "gun culture", how exactly is this reigniting any debate? Sensationalize much?
    Dimarzio45
    I was thinking the same thing. You'd be living under a rock if you think the debate went away. lol Plus, it's Yoko. Noboday has cared about her ever since John's death. *RIP John* The only thing she could do well was shake a tambourine--even that was done pretty mediocrely and mildly off-beat.
    JonoD
    If people want to protect their houses in America, get a stun gun or something, not something that can blow a hole in your face
    Meta1H3ad
    Sometimes a stun gun isn't enough to stop some big brute from jabbing a knife in your skull, just sayin, I think one handgun per family for protection is appropriate.
    samhell
    So, if you were a burglar, would you rather break into the house with the occupants have a stun gun or the house that occupants have a device that can blow a hole in your face?
    Braykah
    If your law enforcement actually worked properly, you wouldn't have to worry about that issue. Protip: go for the foundation of the problem first.
    Dimarzio45
    Yeah, human psychology remains the same no matter what country you live. Your country doesn't win any medals either, pal. BEEEP- Try again!
    samhell
    How can they do better? Have you noticed how geographically huge the U.S. is? Do you know how much a single police officer costs or how much ground they can cover in a single day? Not to mention the socio-economics that puts people into positions where committing crimes makes sense... I love how foreigners have all the answers for our country without actually living here or knowing anything about it...
    Dimarzio45
    Yeah. I'm done with this, samhell. Because APPARENTLY, everyone seems to know more about this country's issues than the people who live in it. Makes a hell of a lot of sense.
    Democrab
    You'd have to literally have a police station in every street block for that to completely out-date guns...So until we invent teleportation technology, I'd still see the benefits of having a gun.
    N7Crazy
    sorry, accidentally downvoted you, meant to upvote - I completely agree with you
    Gantz92
    If the guy you are trying to take down is armed with a real gun trying to taser him sounds like suicide.
    JonoD
    No problem N7Crazy, and I'm talking about the actual stun guns that shoot out from a good distance
    Braykah
    Once again, not regulating the Second Amendment once the US had established a functioning army - and thus ending the purpose of independent militias for defense - was a big mistake.
    Crimson.King
    At this point there are so many millions of guns already owned and on the street that regulating future purchases seems almost pointless. Even if outrage over gun violence led to something radical like eliminating all purchases of new guns, there are already enough in circulation to arm every American man, woman, & child. I don't know what the answer is, but gun control at this point is like fixing a leaky faucet over an already full bathtub.
    GhostPlayground
    It is. of course, as Michael Moore said in the Bowling for Columbine documentary, it's not the right to bear guns it's the right to bear arms. Therefore, according to the second amendment every american has the right to own a nuclear bomb. Personally, I believe that the root cause of most gun violence is fear. Most people in american are terrified, paranoid and distrusting of their neighbours, and also fairly ignorant and occasionally very arrogant. When you give people like that a big pile of weapons you can probably guess what will happen.
    samhell
    Don't take this wrong but quoting anything from Bowling for Columbine is just ignorant and kind of pathetic at this point. This movie has been proven to be wrong and just pure BS so many times by so many people its not even worth bringing it up. To quote from it only shows your lack of research on this topic.
    Braykah
    News flash: Trying to delegitimize the truth without any real arguments isn't working. You're a living clich of anti-intellectual US conservatism.
    samhell
    The truth that Michael Moore tries to put forward has already been delegitimized, many times over. I don't know about you guys, but I generally try to find out if the "facts" I'm quoting from are indeed "facts". A few minutes on google would have provided all the proof one needs to conclude Bowling for Columbine is a sham. An argument could have been made by picking some other source. And to address the inaccuracy, the U.S. Constitution says the word "arms". How does one define "arms"? THAT is the research one must do. What is an ARMory? Who is an ARMorer? The Founding Fathers were not stupid men. The definition is the same now as it was then. Notice how it was not specific. It does not say the "right to bear knives" or the "right to bear muskets". If you have any access to military documentation, they also define what the word "arm" means.
    Jazz1992
    And once again you're doing what Braykah said, trying to delegitimize the truth without bringing arguments to the table. And no, saying "google it" doesn't count as bringing arguments to the table.
    Dimarzio45
    Braykah- Guns have always been regulated here in the US. I don't know what Sweden is saying. But it is wrong if you believe that. There have always been restrictions and regulations. It's not a frickin free-for-all everyone gets whatever they want kind of situation. Furthermore, if you are not from the US, WE DON'T CARE what your opinion is on our policies.
    Braykah
    "Furthermore, if you are not from the US, WE DON'T CARE what your opinion is on our policies." I could swear I have heard this somewhere before...
    Dimarzio45
    Yeah, I felt it was necessary considering you spoke multiple times on your opinion of a country you don't live in and/or vote for the laws and regulations that others must abide by. Yeah, you have heard that before.
    Crimson.King
    Ya, heaven forbid we listen to ideas from Sweden, a country who's gun death per 100,000 citizens is about 7 times lower than the US.
    The_Dayman
    "if you are not from the US, WE DON'T CARE what your opinion is on our policies." How do you not see how ****ing stupid that is?
    ThatZachGuy
    I have no interest in stating my reasons for saying this because I just don't have the time. But if you think we should have a gun ban, you're an idiot.
    Dimarzio45
    The purpose of the US Constitution is to ensure the freedoms of its people. The argument that it's "outdated" is invalid. The constitution is a list of rules that determine whether a people is truly free. I think everyone should have the right to protect themselves with more than a knife and bat. But, just to spoil it for some of you, these gun restrictions and bans aren't going to go far. The easy part is passing the laws. Getting people to enforce them is the hard part. And most states' sheriffs offices have already said they aren't going to enforce any of it. Look it up. The Sheriffs have the right to not enforce laws they see unjust for their people/boundaries. So yeah, you guys can argue all you want, but many people are already making their own guns. CNC shops can load up the files (and they're VERY EASY to get) and can make guns in no time. Just remember how things went during prohibition. But, I'm not going to argue this with you. Most of you are from the UK and have already been disarmed and also disarmed of the belief of the right to protect your family with a gun. Yeah, a stun gun isn't going to do a damn thing for two or more intruders. So don't even resort to such a pathetic argument.
    Dimarzio45
    Not to mention, if you look at various stats, there are MANY other things that kill more people than guns if you're gonna pull statistics out. For instance, louisville sluggers, cars, prescription pills just to name a few. If you draw air, you COULD die. Get over it. Also, let's not forget that people will always be people. We have never changed throughout human history and we will always find ways to kill each other. Guns might make it easier to kill people, but guess what? Who shows up to take the bad guy out and what are they using? A person in uniform who we know just as much about as the "bad guy" with A GUN. If anything, we need to focus on governments and their constant threat of wiping everyone off the face of the earth with their nuclear bombs they are ALWAYS making. So go ahead and hyper-analyze my statements. It doesn't take anything away from the cold-hard truth of the matter. You can trust police and elected officials just as much as a stranger. This is why people own guns and other weapons. So get over it.
    Dr. Bacon
    The biggest and most obvious issue here is governments having such an overt problem with its citizens owning guns. That's how you know there's a huge problem. It's not just in the US either. As soon as you give up that balance, free society goes down the toilet. Other countrys' people can talk all the crap they want about "The US is trying to dominate the world"....but their govt is working with the US to build those bases. If they weren't, it would be considered one of the greatest acts of war. It takes two to tango, and there are two sides of the same coin.
    EyesWideOpen
    NANANANANA!!! SECOND AMENDMENT SECOND AMENDMENT NANANANANAN!!! Is the gist of the main arguments I see from pro guns folks.
    Megadeth2011
    That's because its the legal document allowing citizens the right to own weapons.
    GhostPlayground
    Own weapons, not guns. By the second amendments logic americans are allowed to own missiles, atomic bombs and tanks.
    dial-a-death
    Actually, I don't think there are that many restrictions on owning a tank, even in the UK. I think it just requires a special type of driving licence, and that the tank has to be decomissioned, i.e unable to fire anything. There's probably quite a few military enthusiasts witht their own road legal tanks that they take out to drive every now and then.
    Dimarzio45
    GhostPlayground- You're also getting your belief/terminology screwed up by Michael Moore, a guy who says we should only own muskets. If you're gonna take place in this argument, you better damn well be from the USA. Anyone else from different countries can have an opinion, but they truly don't know the American way.
    arnolddrummer
    'Merica! right? I guess Americans are allowed to interfere with other people's policies but other people can't interfere with theirs? (i.e., Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan etc.)
    N7Crazy
    Which originates from a time where the US didn't have a functional army or police force... In case you haven't noticed, the second amendment and its supporters are pretty much mocked, ridiculed, and have become the laughingstock all over the more modern world. It's one of the big reasons the stereotype of "Stupid americans" exist. The second amendment is useless by todays standards, and is very harmfull for your nations security, since it has the most ironic backlash of all - people buy guns for protection, yet are much more likely to get killed, since the very kind of people, that the gun-owners want to protect themselves from (robbers, muggers, burglars, murderers, etc.) also carry guns, since when the law is slacked enough for ordinary citizens to buy guns, it is also slacked enough for any criminal to do the same. As said, there is a reason the people of your nation are cursed with the stereotype of "Stupid americans"...
    Syn166
    The 2nd amendment is also there for us to protect ourselves from our government, there for it is still important for us to have our weapons. And i think the stupid american stereotype comes from our schools having poor teachers that don't care, not because we have guns. Guns don't determine intelligence.
    MattHessing
    How does having a gun protect you from the government? Seriously? Are you guntarded? And you're right, guns don't determine intelligence. It's just a shame that so many unintelligent people like to futtbuck guns...
    broken ipod
    No, are you retarded? Weapons in the hands of the civilians could make it harder to impose martial law or unfair treatment. Also, how are the citizens of Syria protecting themselves from their government? Oh, its GUNS! Retard, please think next time before you criticize someone else.
    broken ipod
    Oh and it looks like you are quite lacking in intelligence based off of your terrible logic.
    TheExterminator
    The "last check against tyranny" thing was made up when the US had just thrown off the.. ahem.. "chains of oppression" (read: rich white men just wanted to be richer white men) from the British empire. The US has been a functioning democracy (a republic is a kind of democracy, don't start) for centuries. The time for armed revolutions in the US has been over for a long time. It's time for voting, and that's what's happening. The only problem is, the average voter is stupid, and has been elected *****s for the last 40 to 50 years. "In a democracy, people get the government they deserve"
    shwepper
    if you want to protect yourself from your government, go somewhere else in the world for education. Plus you might see why people think they way they do about Americans. Perspectives change when you see things from outside the box. As for the teachers?.. well, your country IS pretty bad with their education, so I agree they don't show much concern for the knowledge that their students are learning, or how much they're taking in. But if I learned anything from what happened in Newtown, there are some teachers still willing to die for these children. For the "future" of their country. Your government doesn't need an army to control their population. They do it through the media. Every day people spend hours and hours watching movies, tv shows, advertisements, biased news broadcasts, mass produced music and all other kinds of shit that pervades through the minds of the weak. Know why Hollywood came about? To distract people from the woes of wartime. To keep their mind away from the horrors of what was happening elsewhere in the world, the worried feelings about whether your father, husband, brother, uncle or whatever would die overseas. (not being sexist, but it was WW1, so no female soldiers yet) That is what media is used for. Its what it was created for. Mass distraction. Now it is used as a tool for control. Right now, we have newscasts that show about 98% bad news about death, destruction, and all the evils in our world, and instead of helping people cope, or suggesting how they can help, they tell you that Big Bang Theory is up next. They get you paranoid, and then they give you something to distract you or make you forget why you were worried in the first place. The fact that most Americans already own a gun just means that they're untrained backup soldiers. Statistics. Plus, do you really think that your armed populace could fight and WIN against your government? With all the guns, ammunition, war vehicles, fully trained soldiers, prototype weapons and all the other destructive technology and resources that put your country TRILLIONS of dollars in debt, I think it would be a waste of innocent lives. Granted, if that were to happen, the rest of the world would help...maybe. To myself, and seemingly the rest of the world, the second amendment seems a little outdated. At this point, resistance would be futile. I don't mean for this [very longwinded] rant to be rude, and I'm not trying to be a dick, it's just what I see. It's what a lot of people see. :/
    Dimarzio45
    shwepper- You're missing the point COMPLETELY. It takes an awful lot of trust to give up ANY right to leave with someone else. Are you NOT seeing the big picture? Who's to say THE authority is to be SO trusted? Wow. You're rant is sooooo small minded and SOOO trustworthily-gullible even though it has some great points about Hollywood and the media. Not to mention there is truly NO historical background info to back it. If there was, you wouldn't want a population to willfully give up it's great means of protection against a standing army-of-a-threat. Don't you understand? We want our guns because of the threat OUR government is posing against us given its history and the knowledge we have with governments taking over its own people.
    cambo187
    Your argument is flawed in so many ways, I don't know where to begin. Before you go ranting about "Stupid Americans," please get your facts right. Check any statistics on armed robberies/assaults, and you will consistently see that, well over 50% of the time, guns used by criminals are unregistered guns. In case you don't know what that means, it means that they did not go to a store and buy their gun, but instead purchased it illegally from an unlicensed dealer (aka another criminal/illegal market), or maybe they just stole it. You cannot buy a gun legally in the US if you are a convicted felon, or if convicted of some violent misdemeanors. A ban on guns will not stop armed robberies, and potentially may not even decrease homicides by firearm. Look to statistics in Australia, a country with incredibly strict gun laws. The only statistic that their gun bans drastically decreased was suicide by firearm. Suicide by other methods increased. Homicide statistics dropped initially, but have once again risen back up. Meanwhile, as soon as the gun bans took affect in AU, crime rates rose drastically. Why would a criminal be scared to rob your home/assault you/sexually assault a loved one when he knew you didn't have a gun, but he had one illegally. I use these crimes as examples because they are the types of crimes that have risen dramatically in Australia AFTER the gun bans took effect. Gun bans also do not decrease mass shootings, as readily evidenced by mass shootings that have occurred in Australia and the UK since their gun bans. I am by no means a crazy right-wing gun nut. In fact, I don't even own a gun. I do plan on buying one and keeping it in a safe in the even someone breaks into my home to protect my wife and child. I agree there are lunatics out there with no prior criminal history that have the ability to buy guns and go on a shooting spree, but this is such a random occurrence that no matter how stringent gun laws, you cannot stop these people. Criminals will also always find a way to have guns, it is just reality. Depriving a citizen of their right to protect themselves in case a criminal/nut job decides to attack them is not the answer.
    Democrab
    Having stricter gun laws is a lot like prohibition of drugs, alcohol, etc, sure, you've made it hard to get it illegally...But there's still a market for it, and some people don't give a shit about the law if it means making a few bucks off of that market. Mass Shootings would be at least slightly fixed by allowing guns on campus, as it is now the only people who have their guns on campus are the people doing a shooting...You've essentially made a gigantic weak spot because it takes so long for Police, etc to get there to fight back, have a few armed guards or allow the teachers to keep a pistol securely somewhere hidden in the classroom so at least if it does happen, there's some resistance other than a sickening game of hide and seek. Obviously I'm not a professional on all of this, but it's my opinion for what its worth...You've got an area with no guns/good defense against shooters, but lots of people, if someone wants to go out with a ****ed up bang then its a perfect recipe for disaster.
    ScrewYouAll
    I'm sorry - WHAT mass shootings in Australia? Post-gun ban there haven't been any.
    samhell
    All that hatred towards the U.S. and our freedoms and yet we are still (for now) the world superpower. I sense jealousy...
    Braykah
    Could be because your governments have invaded, threatened and assaulted numerous other countries since World War II unless they agreed to conform to the will of your governments, i.e. get natural resources, assume military presence and economic influence?
    Dimarzio45
    Braykah-Don't necessarily assume that American people ACTUALLY support what our military/government has been doing. The whole "We're taking over the world" thing isn't floating with the majority of us and has only proven that we have enemies not just from afar, but right in our backyards. Hence the buildup of guns. That's why I say "If you live in another country, you don't understand the entire spectrum." But, thank god, other countries have no voice/vote in it because our voting system is a sham to begin with.
    samhell
    And now you understand why we, the free people in the U.S., choose to own guns. To keep those same tyrants off our backs. The things modern government does to other countries, they do to us as well but in different forms. Why do you think they fight so hard to take our weapons away? Take for instance the latest "attack" on our so-called "assault weapons". They say it is to save lives. Well, in 2011, ALL rifles combined (bolt actions, muskets, "assault weapons", etc) accounted for only 323 murders. By contrast, over 1,600 people were murdered with pipes, chains, boards, etc. Over another 1,600 people were murdered with bare hands and feet. So, if we are talking consistency and truly saving lives, why not put the same effort into regulating hands and feet, or metal pipes? What are we to think when one of our most effective tools against tyranny is being (or trying anyway) removed by said tyrants?
    Democrab
    LOL. Nope. Not in the slightest, I get screwed over on software/game prices, internet speeds, bands coming over here and performing, ticket prices, etc but I'd still take Australia over America to live in any day.
    samhell
    Incorrect. A document, or the government for that matter, does not allow us to do anything. These are rights granted to us by our creator (to define creator, pick a religion, or don't, but it sure as hell isn't the government). These rights are simply enumerated in the Constitution.
    Dimarzio45
    Exactly as samhell put it. The US constitution is a document that states the rules of a FREE people. It can be used as a "tape measure," if you will, to measure a peoples' freedom despite what your overlords have told you. In simpler terms, if that list diminishes, you have LOST freedom as a human being and close in on the life of becoming a chunk of crap caught in someone's boot tread. It's the story of human history and slavery. Guns weren't always involved. But, it opens the door for such occurrences to happen. Slavery is the norm throughout human history.
    samhell
    Well that was an articulate and well thought out argument. Pots, kettles, and the color black...