Yoko Ono's Powerful Plea for Gun Control On 36th Anniversay of John Lennon's Death

The late Beatle, John Lennon, once said, "What we've got to do is keep hope alive. Because without it, we'll sink."

Echoing that sentiment, his wife Yoko Ono has spoken out to make a plea for gun control on Thursday, the 36th anniversary of his death.

John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside his home in New York City in 1980.

Ono has shared powerful messages to honor his death throughout the years, but the latest statement is especially relevant at this time as the future of gun control laws in the U.S. is still up in the air.

Along with her powerful message, Ono also shared a photo of Lennon's blood-stained glasses.

"Dear Friends," she wrote. "Every day, 91 Americans are killed with guns. We are turning this beautiful country into a War Zone. Together, let's bring back America, the green land of Peace. The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 36 years, our son Sean and I still miss him."

On Wednesday, the MAKERS team attended Annie Leibovitz's WOMEN: New Portraits and Talking Circle event at the former Bayview Correctional Facility in New York City, where out of many powerful photos of groundbreaking women, this iconic photo of John and Yoko was featured:

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