Subject: Darrell Scott's address to the House Judiciary Committee
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 08:20:10

I'm sure our national leaders didn't expect this. 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 sub-committee.

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. But, 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

"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 that expresses my feelings best. This was
written way before I knew I would be speaking here today:

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 reek havoc. Spiritual influences 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.

"Political posturing and restrictive legislation are not the
The young people of our nation hold the key. There is a
spiritual awakening taking place that will not be squelched!
We do not need more religion. We do not need more gaudy
television evangelists spewing out verbal religious garbage.
We do not need more million dollar church buildings built while
people with basic needs are being ignored. We do need a
change of heart and a humble acknowledgment that this nation
was founded on the principle of simple trust in God!
>"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!"

Do what the media did not do -- let the nation hear this man's
speech. Please send this out to everyone you can!


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