A powerful photo shared by Yoko Ono showing the bloodied glasses her late husband John Lennon was wearing the night he was murdered has been retweeted nearly 14,000 times. The 80-year-old activist tweeted the dramatic image stamped with the words: "Over 1,057,000 have been killed by guns in the U.S.A. since John Lennon was shot and killed on Dec. 8, 1980."

The campaign received a giant boost Thursday night (March 21) when the Twitter account associated with President Barack Obama retweeted the image to its more than 28 million followers. The administration is currently attempting to push through tighter gun control restrictions in the wake of last December's tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. 

"The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience," Ono tweeted on what would have been her and John's 44th wedding anniversary. "After 33 years our son Sean and I still miss him."

John Lennon's bloodied glasses with tweet

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Photo of John Lennon's bloody glasses goes viral
Yoko Ono posts the dramatic photo as part of a personal plea to end gun violence.