Darrell Scott's Message Before Congress      


Here's something the Socialistic Democrats and the cowardly
Republican politicians, our so-called "journalists" and the White House
tried to sweep under the rug:
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. 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 and 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 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 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 wreck 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 doing so, 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 an 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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