Hours after Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed a bill that would allow people to conceal carry a weapon on a university or college campus, a Fort Valley State University freshman was stabbed to death after trying to defend three women from a man harassing them.
Donnel M.Phelps, an Agricultural Engineering Technology student at the school, died on campus on Tuesday evening. Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials identified the attacker as Joseph Anthony Scott, a 25 year year old former student of FVSU.
In a statement from the school, Scott arrived on campus around 5 P.M on Tuesday evening and began to grope three female students that were exiting the student cafeteria. Phelps noticed the three women getting harassed and decided to intervene. Scott responded by pulling a knife out and stabbing Phelps multiple times.
A security guard, identified as Ernest Johnson was injured and stabbed after trying to prevent Scott from leaving campus. During the attack on Johnson, internship coordinator Donavon Coley managed to restrain Scott and hold him until campus police arrived.
Campus police arrived immediately on the scene to detain Scott and soon after the campus was shot down and alerts went out campus-wide.
“Words cannot describe the pain we feel. We’re absolutely devastated by the actions that took the life of Mr. Phelps and injured Mr. Johnson,” said FVSU president Dr. Paul Jones.
The vicious and unwarranted attack on Phelps came the same day that Governor Deal vetoed a bill that would allow concealed carry weapons onto public college and university campuses.
In Deal’s statement, he said, “from the early days of our nation and state, colleges have been treated as sanctuaries of learning where firearms have not been allowed. To depart from such time-honored protections should require overwhelming justification. I do not find that such justification exists.”
Second Amendment Rights activists were quick to enter the scene by showing that illegal weapons are already on college campuses, such as the one that Scott was carrying when killing Donnel Phelps.
In a statement to Guns.com, Jerry Henry, the executive director of GeorgiaCarry.org said, “the fact remains, no matter how the gun prohibitionists want to paint it, the campuses in Georgia are not safe havens for themselves or their children.”
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