Posted: 4/3/2001 6:15:46 PM EDT
Darrell Scott’s Message to the house Judiciary Committee's subcommittee
Guess our national leaders did not expect this. On a Thursday not
long ago, 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's no doubt that God sent
man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion
of the transcript of Darrell Scott's testimony:
Since the dawn of creation, there has been both good and 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
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
I wrote a poem just four nights ago 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,
soul 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 presence was 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 N
What is interesting about anti-gun people is that this letter by a parent of a slain child of a school shooting who doesn't blame the NRA nor gun owners does not change their minds.
Anti-gun people only see 2 things, the gun and a person being shot by a gun.
Who do they blame? Everything and everyone expect for the person who pulled the trigger.
Anti-gunners would rather call this parent NUTS for not blaming the NRA than call the kid who took a gun to school and started shooting everyone NUTS.
Imagine if Harris & Klebold had got the bombs to work.
I believe the press would still talk about the guns, even if hundreds of kids had been killed by the bombs.
Look what happened after OK City, they still wanted to ban more guns.