Paul McCartney joins crowds in calling for an end to gun violence

Former Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell were among the thousands in the March For Our Lives rally that took place in New York City on Saturday. McCartney, who wore a shirt that read “We Can End Gun Violence,” was interviewed by CNN. When asked by a reporter what he hoped could be accomplished by the march, he said, "I don't know. 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 so it's important to me."

The couple marched near Central Park and West 72nd Street, which is the site of the Dakota building. It was there as John Lennon was getting back home from an evening recording session with his wife Yoko Ono that he was shot and killed by a gunman on Dec. 8, 1980. Lennon's death has brought calls for ending gun violence and revising gun control laws before. Notably one was by his close friend, the late Harry Nilsson, who campaigned heavily for it in the years after Lennon died. It included a PSA Nilsson filmed.

McCartney has himself been a supporter of many causes through the years, including animal rights, the dangers of climate change and stopping seal hunting. In 1972, he released "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" to protest the killing of Northern Ireland citizens by British troops. He is also a leading advocate of Meat Free Monday or not eating meat one day a week. The campaign's slogan is “One day a week can make a world of difference.”