A Father Speaks for Reason in an Unreasonable World
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. 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 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
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
"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
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
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
"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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