Paul McCartney Marched In John Lennon's Name On Saturday

"One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here."

Amongst the thousands who took to the streets for the March for Our Lives protests Saturday were several famous faces. Wearing a "We can end gun violence" T-shirt, Paul McCartney joined the demonstration in New York City and cited the memory of his friend John Lennon as the reason why he felt it was important to participate. 

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The former Beatle talked to CNN's Jason Carroll at the march, which passed through the same neighborhood in which Lennon was shot outside his apartment building in 1980. 

"One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here," he said. "So it's important to me."

McCartney has been outspoken about the need for gun control for years. More than 800 cities in countries around the world hosted March for Our Lives events on Saturday as part of a movement organized by students from Parkland, Fla. calling for gun reform after 17 of their classmates and teachers were killed in a school shooting last month. 

When asked if he thought the demonstrations would help end gun violence in the U.S., McCartney replied, "I'm like everyone. I don't know. But this is what we can do, so I'm here to do it."

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