Through a pair of glasses, darkly

Last week, Yoko Ono weighed in on the U.S. gun control debate when she tweeted a picture of the blood-stained glasses her husband, John Lennon, was wearing the night he was assassinated by a crazed stalker. The tweet was in commemoration, for lack of a better word, of their 44th wedding anniversary.

The photo stands on its own, a picture worth more than a thousand words. No doubt sensing that, Ono simply added, “Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980.”

I don’t know the exact number but there have been close to 1,280 gun deaths in the United States since Sandy Hook. And that incident was a little over 90 days ago. It’s insane.

Last week we also witnessed the incredible cowardice of the U.S. Senate when they stripped the assault weapons ban, a core element of President Obama’s agenda to curb gun violence, from proposed gun control legislation. No wonder that according to this month’s Gallup poll Congress has only a 13 percent approval rating. But since Congress cannot even do anything to help the economy, it is not surprising that they continue to act in a gutless manner on this issue, too.

This country needs sensible gun control. Congress needs to act responsibly. There are times, and this is one of them, when we have to force them to be responsible to us, the citizens they represent. If you feel strongly about gun control, you need to tell your Representative and Senator how you feel. Call them. Let your voice be heard. The number is 202-224-3121.

If you don`t know who your senator or member of Congress is, then go to and enter your zip code to find your congressional representative and to find your senator.

If we, the people, don’t take action, then the words below are true.

(Image credit: @yokoono/Twitter)
(Image credit: @yokoono/Twitter)

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,
They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe.
Pools of sorrow waves of joy are drifting through my opened mind,
Possessing and caressing me.

Jai guru deva om
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world.
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world.

– John Lennon