Gun Violence: The Song Remains the Same

Tweeted by Yoko Ono and reported by Rolling Stone, a staggering and devastating stat.

Thirty-five years after John Lennon’s death, the world is a far cry from the version he once so tunefully imagined. On this anniversary of his murder, the headline crowning Rolling Stone writer Tessa Stuart’s piece sums that up very sadly:

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The aggregate U.S. figure, based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and confirmation from New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, includes estimates for the past two years and picks up on a tweet sent out by Yoko Ono. In today’s article, Stuart goes on to make another frightening Fab Four era analogy:

Since 1968 – the year the Beatles released the White Album – more Americans have been killed by gun violence than in all U.S. wars throughout history, combined.

It’s important to note that more than 60% of these deaths are the result of suicide rather than homicide. Stuart’s other Dec. 8 piece at press time concerns Stephen Colbert’s thoughts on the gun violence epidemic.