In what some would call a bold move for twitter, activist and widow of the international superstar John Lennon, Yoko Ono took to her personal account to take a very solid stance against gun violence in the US.
In a series of tweets that were emblazoned against the backdrop of a photo of her husbands bloodied glasses (pictured below) Yoko tweeted facts and a very heartfelt message to her followers.
Following that she wrote, “31,537 people are killed by guns in the USA every year. We are turning this beautiful country into a war zone.” And, more personally, “The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 33 years our son Sean and I still miss him.”
The pictures alone send a very stern message, having something that graphic to be able to attach a feeling to undoubtedly caught a few people off guard, making us consider the current state of affairs. These tweets also come with a greater weight, sharing the date of what would have been Yoko and John’s 44th wedding anniversary. A wedding they embarked upon dedicating to peace.
While the climate in America, and the world for that matter, was very different from how things are currently, it goes without saying, especially given recent events, the importance of getting a handle on where YOU stand on these particular issues. Yoko and John dedicated their daily lives to fighting for peace. The same is not required of you but don’t wait until tragedy strikes home to take a stand.