DARRELL SCOTT TESTIMONY
Guess our national leaders didn't expect this, hmm?
On Thursday, October 3, 2002, 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,
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
"Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the heart 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
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
member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not
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
four nights ago that expresses my feelings best. This was written way
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, soul, and
spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we
a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and reek havoc.
Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most
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
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
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
gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of
The real villain lies within our own hearts. Political posturing and
restrictive legislation are not the answers.
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
We do not need more gaudy television evangelists spewing out verbal
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
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
friends murdered before his very eyes-He did not hesitate to pray in
I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every
person in America, and around the world, to realize that on April 20,
at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not
the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into
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 - - let the nation hear this man's speech.
Please send this out to everyone you can!!!
Thank you for sharing that. I had not seen Mr. Scott's testimony before.
You might want to double check the "factual" basis of this post. I saw this same speach TWO YEARS ago. It originally was supposed to have happened in April of '99...or was it May of '99...no, no it was April of '01...
In all seriousness, check out urbanlegends.about.com/library/bldarrellscott.htm
It appears that this did happen, but it happened back in May of '99. Ever since people have been recirculating the speech and saying it happened recently.