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Paul McCartney Remembers John Lennon at March For Our Lives in New York
Paul McCartney joined Saturday’s March For Our Lives protest in New York City, and he took time to pay tribute to John Lennon, who himself was a victim of gun violence.
McCartney was interviewed on CNN Saturday, and wore a shirt that read “We Can End Gun Violence.” He was standing near Central Park in New York City, close to where his Beatles bandmate was killed. “[Marching] is what we can do, and I’m here to do it,” McCartney told CNN during the march. “One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it’s important to me.”
In 1980, John Lennon was shot dead near the gates of the Dakota, the Manhattan apartment building where he lived. Nearby, in Central Park now stands Strawberry Fields, an area dedicated to his memory. MSNBC notes that Lennon’s death sparked its own gun control debate, but President Reagan did not support gun control legislation.
On the anniversary of Lennon’s death in 2016, his widow, Yoko Ono, called for an end to gun violence. “We are turning this beautiful country into a war zone,” she wrote. “After 36 years, our son Sean and I still miss him.”
During the march, McCartney encouraged people to vote in a video posted by DNC official Lorna Mae Johnson. “Get out and vote,” he said. “You can make the change. It’s up to you.”