Why Paul McCartney Joined Anti-Gun Violence March in NYC

The tens of thousands of people who flooded New York City's streets on Saturday to protest gun violence included a very famous face: Sir Paul McCartney.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: Sir Paul McCartney joins thousands of people, many of them students, march against gun violence in Manhattan during the March for Our Lives rally on March 24, 2018 in New York, United States. More than 800 March for Our Lives events, organized by survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting on February 14 that left 17 dead, are taking place around the world to call for legislative action to address school safety and gun violence. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Sir Paul McCartney joins thousands of people, many of them students, march against gun violence in Manhattan during the March for Our Lives rally.
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The former Beatle told CNN: "One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it's important to me."
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John Lennon, McCartney's former bandmate, was shot to death outside his Manhattan apartment building in 1980.
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The March For Our Lives went down Central Park West, less than a block from where Lennon was shot.
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The march in New York was one of 800 planned in cities worldwide, with the largest in Washington, D.C.
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