I try in my own to focus on the Birthday rather than the Dec 8th. I live not too far (2 1/2 miles or so) from the Dakota. And i always try to avoid it at all costs (the a or the c Subway line is right there).
It sort of like living in Dallas near Dealey Plaza where they shot JFK or living in D.C. near Ford's theatre - i still can't believe that a guy walking home could be cut down in the prime of his life and his biggest crime was making music and being a family guy.
Please don't turn this thread into a ban the guns utopian kind of political posturing. I really don't think John was about that (this is the same guy who violently beat his first wife and attacked old man Bob Wooler in an alcohol induced rage - if anything Lennon was a man of contradiction and hypocracy - not the man of peace - others make him out to be. He was human and he was flawed. Paul was right in being offended when people made John a myth and not a man.
If John had a bodyguard or had some kind of security team (sorry Yoko), he may be alive today - if only the car pulled into the Dakota instead of leaving him outside the curb. I wonder why nobody has ever mentioned the driver's name and the guilt he must have felt. If Lennon had the right security and took care of business the way Paul does, he might have escaped. Just some tired old speculation - he's dead and that's that.
If Lennon's death proves anything to me being the rightful conservative he said modestly, it's how important it is to have the death penalty in this country so slime like Mark Chapman pay for their crimes. For those of you not in favor of the death penalty, i offer you the scum who bombed WTC and the Washington DC snipes as text-book examples of why we need the death penalty.