On March 24, inspired by the main March For Our Lives in Washington D.C. (organized by survivors of the Parkland, Florida, shooting), sister protests were organized around the country to call for stricter gun control laws and an end to gun violence in the United States. The New York March For Our Lives had a notable member in its ranks - former Beatle Paul McCartney. McCartney had a touching reason why the march mattered so much to him:
John Lennon, another former Beatle and close friend of Paul's, was killed by gun violence just a few blocks away from the march on December 8, 1980.
Paul McCartney, who is marching in NYC, tells CNN: "One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it's important to me.." It's been 37 years since John Lennon was gunned down outside of his apartment in Manhattan. pic.twitter.com/DH0WRc3aY0— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 24, 2018
The march already had many Twitter users feeling emotional, and McCartney's words pushed them over the edge.
A world filled with people calling for love instead of hate, and peaceful protest instead of violence, would be what John Lennon wanted.
Paul wasn't the only marcher thinking about Lennon. His presence was felt by many.
Thanks, Paul, for inspiring so many marchers with your words and actions! Perhaps we can all build a better world together.