Seton Hall shooting survivor supports Barbara Buono for Governor

Seton Hall shooting survivor Nakeisha Vanterpool and her mother Leslie recently joined state Sen. Barbara Buono to condemn Republican Governor Chris Christie’s clandestine veto of common sense gun legislation.

Shooting victims Nakeisha Vanterpool and Jessica Moore

Nakeisha Vanterpool, left, was injured and her friend, Jessica Moore, right, died as a result of the 2010 shooting at an off-campus party.

The shooting survivor and her mother endorsed the election of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono after Christie vetoed legislation that would have banned .50-caliber rifles in New Jersey.

Christie, a Republican, vetoed all or parts of three guns bills, including one measure that would have banned the sale of .50 caliber rifles, even though he called for such a ban in April.

“Designed specifically for use on the battlefield, the .50-caliber rifle is a weapon of choice for drug cartels and al Qaeda, particularly because its ammunition will rip right through the best-equipped law enforcement officer’s bulletproof vest,” Buono said. “This is a weapon that doesn’t belong in the hands of regular citizens. It has no legitimate use in civilian life. None whatsoever.”

“My daughter’s going to have to wait until this (.50-caliber weapon) is used. Is that what Chris Christie is telling us?” Leslie Vanterpool said while waving a large bullet in the air. “I need to wait to get another phone call at 2 o’clock in the morning?”

Nakeisha Vanterpool, who was 19 at the time of the rampage, was cradled by her twin sister, Nicole, as blood streamed from two bullet wounds in her arm and jaw. Lying beside her was Jessica Moore, 19, a Seton Hall sophomore from Disputanta, Va. The girls were roommates.

Leslie Vanterpool, is a South Jersey resident.

Buono accused Christie of putting his own political ambitions above New Jersey’s families by nixing several gun-control bills,  by pandering to the Republican National Committee and the National Rifle Association.

State Sen. Barbara Buono, the Democratic nominee for governor, speaks at a press conference in Asbury Park with Leslie Vanterpool, her daughter Nakeisha Vanterpool, and Kevin McMillan, a Neptune Township committeeman.

State Sen. Barbara Buono, the Democratic nominee for governor, speaks at a press conference on Washington Avenue in Asbury Park near where a recent shooting on that avenue took place. She holds a 50-caliber shell as she speaks about gun violence. Behind her (from left) are Leslie Vanterpool, her daughter Nakeisha Vanterpool, New York, a student at Seton Hall who was shot along with others in 2010 by a gunman, and Kevin McMillan, a Neptune Township committeeman and a candidate for the 11th District Assembly seat.

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