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>
> > Darrell Scott's Words
> >
> > On Thursday, May 27, 1999, 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. These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are
> > powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal.
> >
> > The following is a portion of the transcript:
> >
> > "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 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.
> > 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 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 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 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!"
> >
> >
 

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