10/09/2007 04:15 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Remembering John Lennon

John Lennon would have turned 67 years old Tuesday were it not for the agitated roar of yet another madman's gun. If he were still with us, I think he might well ask when we, as a society, will outgrow our wars and weapons, and cultivate diplomacy and compassion instead.

To those, especially, who call themselves "Christians," like John McCain, and then advocate more violence on the battlefields of Iraq, Afghanistan, and arguably in Iran next, he might also ask: how can you try to pass this counterfeit religion off as true faith? John had a sixth sense for mendacity, and there's even more mendacity now than when he was here.

To all those who support the National Rifle Association, oppose gun control, as well as "give money to people with minds that hate," you prove one thing, and one thing only: this world doesn't deserve the likes of Mr. Lennon any more than it is worthy of every ounce of innocent blood shed to protect your flag and your so-called constitutional right to bear arms.

The world is a little smaller as a result of this loss. Rest in peace, John Lennon, as peace is what you wanted most, and peace is what most eludes us to this day.