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Paul McCartney Recalls John Lennon At Anti-Gun Rally

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Paul McCartney Recalls John Lennon At Anti-Gun Rally

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."

Without going on camera, he told a CNN reporter: "As you know, one of my best friends was shot not far from here.

"It is important to me," he said, according to the Daily Mail.

It was an understated tribute to John Lennon, his Beatles bandmate who was gunned down outside The Dakota Building, where he lived, in by gunman Mark David Chapman in December 1980.

"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 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.

The New York City protest on Saturday was held at 72nd Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West, within eye shot of The Dakota Building and Strawberry Fields, the Central Park tribute created for Lennon

It was created by Lennon's widow Yoko Ono and landscape architect Bruce Kelly.

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