Paul McCartney Gun Control Message Urges Action

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By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
April 18, 2013|4:18 pm

Paul McCartney has taken a stance on gun control laws in the U.S. this week.

The former Beatle is using his celebrity along with Tony Bennett in a campaign for tightening gun laws through Voices Against Violence, which urges U.S. Congress to require a background check of every gun buyer.

In a recorded a message for Voices Against Violence, McCarthy urges listeners to contact their congressmen about new legislation regarding guns.

"Hi, this is Paul McCartney, and in a minute you will be connected to a congressperson who needs to hear your voice, now," starts the singer and songwriter. "Tell the congressperson that your support common-sense laws that keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people, including criminal background checks on all gun sales."

The legendary songwriter went on to encourage Americans to send a text reading "MYVOICE" to 877877, which would connect them to their local Senate office.

"Enough is enough," McCarthy added. "Please add your voice- and thank you for adding your voice to end gun violence."

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McCarthy is not the only celebrity joining Bennett's campaign; Gloria Estefan, Josh Groban, and Juanes have also shown their support.

It comes as no surprise that McCarthy would join forces with the anti-gun violence initiative. In 1980, his friend and fellow Beatle John Lennon was shot to death by a deranged fan.

No doubt also influenced by the death of her husband, Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, recently debuted her own campaign for stiffer gun laws.

"Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980," the widow posted to Twitter on March 20 this year- what would have been her 44th wedding anniversary.

The message also included a photo of what appears be the bloodied spectacles Lennon was wearing at the time that he was shot by an obsessive fan in New York City over 30 years ago. The image reveals the glasses on a ledge with the skyline of Manhattan in the background.

Another message posted by Ono included: "The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 33 years our son Sean and I still miss him. Yoko Ono Lennon."

 

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