Monday, June 17, 2024

Paul McCartney’s Poignant Reminder at NYC March: “One of My Best Friends Was Killed in Gun Violence”


The clip from CNN is 26 seconds but it crystallizes the whole March for our Lives today. Paul McCartney on Central Park West tells the CNN reporter “One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here so it’s important to me.”

McCartney is of course referring to the murder of John Lennon on December 8, 1980 in front of the Dakota apartment house by Mark David Chapman. That’s almost 38 years ago, it’s one of the most chilling examples of a mentally ill person who was able to secure a gun.

Paul and wife Nancy wore matching t shirts that read “We Can End Gun Violence.”

Paul was never the anti-anything marcher in the 60s. It was all John and Yoko. But this was an incredible grace note for him, and moved the message in new ways. I’m sure Yoko, just a few blocks away, must have appreciated the gesture.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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