COLUMBINE STUDENT'S FATHER
12 YEARS LATER!
Guess our national leaders didn't expect this. On Thursday, Darrell Scott,
the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings
in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary
Committee's subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this
special session of Congress was painfully truthful.
They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well.
It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician,
every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert!
These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating,
and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice
crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the transcript:
"Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil
in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds
of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my
wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that
heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died
must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.
"The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his
brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.
Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association.
The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder
could only be found in Cain's heart.
"In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed
at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as
the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter.
I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend
the NRA - because I don't believe that they are responsible
for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe that they
need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do
with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest opponent.
"I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just
a tragedy - it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to
look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here
in this room.
"Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the
accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago
that expresses my feelings best.
Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question "Why?"
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!
"Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body,
mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part
of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice,
and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences
were present within our educational systems for most of
our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began
as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact.
"What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused
to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred
and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's
tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look for a scapegoat
such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more
restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and
private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws.
"Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors.
No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months
planning this type of massacre.
The real villain lies within our own hearts.
"As my son, Craig lay under that table in the school library and
saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes,
he did not hesitate to pray in school.
"I defy any law or politician to deny him that right!
I challenge every young person in America ,
and around the world,
to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School,
prayer was brought back to our schools.
Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain.
Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard
for legislation that violates your God-given right
to communicate with Him.
"To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA,
I give to you a sincere challenge . . .
Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!
My daughter's death will not be in vain!
The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!"