Ono's tweet. (Twitter)
On what would have been John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 44th wedding anniversary on Thursday, the widow tweeted a photo of the bloody eyeglasses her husband was wearing the day he was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman.
The point of the chilling image was not to be grotesque. Ono wants to raise awareness of the devastating effects of gun violence, particularly in America. "Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980," she wrote in the first of six tweets on the matter.
"31,537 people are killed by guns in the USA every year. We are turning this beautiful country into war zone. Together, let's bring back America, the green land of peace. The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 33 years our son Sean and I still miss him."
Along with one of her last tweets, "We decided that if we were going to do anything like get married that we would dedicate it to peace," Ono, now 80, included a link to photos from her and Lennon's wedding in 1969.
Ono and Lennon in 1980, not long before he was killed. (Getty Images Entertainment)
This is not the first time she has shared the image of the late Beatle's iconic glasses. It also served as the cover art for her 1981 album Season of Glass, but in that version the eyewear is sitting next to a glass of water that is half full.
Lennon was shot four times in front of Ono as the two returned home to their Central Park West building following a recording session in a nearby studio. Chapman later plead guilty and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison in 1981. Since then, he has attempted to be paroled seven times, most recently in August 2012. The three-person board which denied his request explained to him, "Despite your positive efforts while incarcerated, your release at this time would greatly undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialize the tragic loss of life which you caused as a result of this heinous, unprovoked, violent, cold and calculated crime."
Chapman can apply for parole again in 2014.
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