(RNN) – In fewer than 25 words overshadowed by a powerful image, Yoko Ono brought another voice to the ongoing gun control debate in America.
Ono tweeted a picture Wednesday showing the bloody glasses her late husband John Lennon wore when he was shot to death.
Above the photo were these words: "Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on Dec. 8, 1980."
It was one of several gun violence-related tweets Ono, 80, sent out on the same day the couple was married 44 years ago in 1969.
The image was also part of the cover photo of the first solo album she recorded after her husband's death, titled Season of Glass. In the full image, the glasses sit next to a half-filled glass of water with Central Park in the background.
Mark David Chapman killed Lennon as he and Ono returned home to the Dakota, their Manhattan apartment building. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and was denied parole for the seventh time in August 2012.
"We are turning this beautiful country into war zone," Ono tweeted.
According to Gunpolicy.org, an average of more than 31,000 people died from guns each year from 2005 to 2011. Of those, almost 12,000 a year were a result of homicide.
Violent shooting deaths that have gotten widespread attention in recent months – most notably at Sandy Hook Elementary and an Aurora, CO, theater – have created more debate on federal gun control.
Assault weapons had been a hotly contested part of the argument, but on Tuesday it was revealed that Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) would drop the ban on assault weapons from his gun control bill.
Reid said he would rather focus on effective gun-control measures that had a better chance of passing a House vote.
"The assault weapons ban was always an uphill battle this session," Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said in a statement. "As we have known all along, we face a marathon effort and not a sprint."
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