Paul McCartney Remembers John Lennon at March for Our Lives Rally in New York
"One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it's important to me," Beatles legend says of John Lennon
By Daniel Kreps
24 March 2018
Paul McCartney attended a March for Our Lives sister protest in New York to support those demanding an end to gun violence. Spencer Platt
Paul McCartney attended a March for Our Lives sister protest in New York, one of the dozens of rallies taking place throughout the United States Saturday.
In a brief interview with CNN at the rally, the Beatles legend said, "One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it's important to me," referring to the murder of John Lennon in 1980.
McCartney, wearing a shirt that read "We Can End Gun Violence," also told CNN that while he didn't know whether the rallies or anything would ultimately end gun violence, "This is what we can do, so I'm here to do it." McCartney added that he attended the New York march "just to support the people."
McCarney was one of the many artists and celebrities joining the thousands of students in the streets demanding an end to gun violence and stricter gun control laws.
At the main rally in Washington, D.C., Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt, Vic Mensa and Common all took the stage to provide musical interludes between the speeches delivered by victims of gun violence, including the students of Parkland, Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Paul McCartney was at the march in New York, close to the site where his friend John Lennon was shot to death
By Dakin Andone, CNN
March 24, 2018
(CNN)Paul McCartney attended the March for Our Lives in New York on Saturday, telling CNN the cause was important to him because he lost John Lennon to gun violence.
Wearing a shirt that said, "We can end gun violence," the former Beatle told CNN's Jason Carroll, he came to the march "just to support the people."
"I don't know" if we can end gun violence, McCartney said. "But this is what we can do, so I'm here to do it."
"One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here," McCartney said, "so it's important to me."
John Lennon, one of McCartney's fellow Beatles, was killed in New York 37 years ago.
As Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, were walking in Manhattan one December night, a man fired five rounds into Lennon's back, killing him.