Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was heavily criticized by conservatives on Tuesday after he vetoed a bill that would have allowed law-abiding students to carry guns for self-defense on college campuses throughout the state.
Deal reportedly did not believe that the measure was necessary to promote the safety of students, but an incident later the day showed that he was likely mistaken.
A law-abiding student at Georgia’s Fort Valley State University was stabbed to death on campus Tuesday, just hours after Deal vetoed the bill, according to Breitbart.
Donnell Phelps, 19, was killed by Josephy Anthony Scott, 24, when Phelps tried to help two females who were allegedly being groped by Scott on campus, WMAZ reported.
Phelps, a freshman, “was walking on campus” when he observed the women being “confronted by Scott,” JT Ricketson, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, told the station.
Phelps “intervened and confronted” Scott, who then “pulled … a three inch blade from his pocket and stabbed Phelps 12 times,” Ricketson explained.
The stabbing victim tried to run to the campus infirmary for medical assistance, but collapsed before he arrived and ultimately died from the wounds.
Scott reportedly also stabbed a security officer before being apprehended.
The officer was rushed to a nearby medical center where he remained in critical condition, Ricketson told WMAZ.
The suspect has been held at the Peach County jail without bond, and he was facing possible charges of murder, aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony.
You can watch local new coverage of the deadly stabbing here:
Perhaps if Phelps or one of the females he was trying to protect had been able to carry a firearm, Scott would not have been able to kill the student and seriously injure the security officer.
Yes, these are college students, but they are also law-abiding adults with a Second Amendment right to carry firearms. Criminals, like those with knives, aren’t following the law, so the only people Gov. Deal hurt by vetoing the campus carry bill were the law-abiding students who need protection.
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