WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As students in Newtown, CT, other than those at Sandy Hook Elementary, the site of last week’s mass shooting, returned to class today, the White House said President Obama supports Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s plan to introduce a bill to ban assault weapons.
One Wilmington mother says that in her mind that isn’t even a question.
In June 2004 Holly Naujoks’s life changed forever when her daughter Christen, a UNCW student, was gunned down by her crazed ex-boyfriend.
“Christen was full of life,” Holly said. “She was eager to learn, and she had a personality that you were just drawn to she was bubbly.”
In 2004 Christen Naujoks’s ex-boyfriend John Peck began stalking her and going to extremes such as dressing as a woman to disguise his identity. His behavior led the Naujokses to take out a restraining order.
“That made him angry,” Holly said. “He didn’t like that. When he got angry, he wanted revenge, and that’s when he went out and that day that we got the protection order and bought a SKS Chinese assault rifle to kill her.”
In June 2004 Peck shot Christen at least 12 times at close range with military-grade 7.62 mm bullets; leaving her body so badly mutilated that she would have to be cremated.
“He fired so many shots into her that he blew her knee cap off. He blew the insides of her uterus, her spleen and all of her female organs and used the bullets that do the most tissue damage, and they all came out of her,” Holly said.
Holly Naujoks believes tragedies such as her daughter’s killing and massacres such as Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook Elementary could have been avoided with a ban on all assault rifles.
“How many more people do you want to lose? Those were just young children, and those women that gave their lives to protect them. It’s got to stop,” Holly said. “There are too many of us parents who have lost their children or grandparents or sisters and brothers that have to live with this horror day in and day out, and it never leaves you. It never leaves you. It becomes who you are.”