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Monday, December 24, 2012

Columbine Student's Father 12 Years Later!



Guess our national leaders didn't expect this. On Thursday, 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 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 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.

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, mind, 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 presences 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.

"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!"

- Darrell Scott
Do what the media did not - - let the nation hear this man's speech. Please send this out to everyone you can.
God Bless

13 comments:

the canned quilter said...

Powerful and moving!

Dreaming said...

Wow! I hope the House Judiciary Committee was squirming!

Linda Wildenstein said...

there is power in this thought. I use a different word for it than others. I don't call it evil but it is the darkness. Our country build on religious freedom should be ashamed of itself for not airing this man's speech because it is not the governments view of what the American people should be believing. We are to be mindless sheep and give our power over to the government because we could not possibly understand as the dolts we are.
I am proud of this man for his use of his time to say his truth, we should all do the same....to me that is the problem as well. Not speaking up.
People want to blame what they can't explain or don't understand. As the grandmother of a child with Asperger's, I now have to "fight off" stupid, uninformed thoughts about Asperger's being an element of the issue in the latest horrendous killing spree. Those pointing fingers can cause a lifetime of sorrow and pain with an offhanded remark by the media.
There are so many complexities to this murderous trend to gain notoriety in homicide instead of anonymity in suicide.
Much to ponder.

Farm Girl said...

That is fantastic!!! I will be sharing it too.

Sandra said...

i agree with Darrell that it is what is within our hearts that is the problem and our hearts have gone far away from the God of love

Sandy said...

Thank you for sharing Darrell Scott's speech.

Marti said...

Thank you for a reminder of the need for the love of God to show throughout this world. Have a good Christmas.

Brian Miller said...

smiles...i am glad that he spoke the truth where it needed to be spoken...and if only they would listen...

merry christmas gail.

Galen Pearl said...

What powerful testimony. So true that there are many facets to this issue. Guns are just one. Thank you for sharing this.

Kathe W. said...

Powerful post Gail, I hope you are enjoying the holidays and Happy New Year to you!
By the way I got a supposed email from you via "Zorpia" saying you had a message for me. In order to read that message I had to agree that "Zorpia" could access all my contacts information. Obviously I didn't agree to that! I am writing you about this because I have a hunch you never did send me a message and some virus has snuck into your blog or computer.

SaucyKod said...

Gripping, powerful post Gail. Obviously this Dad said it very well, truth hurts and is usually hidden away. I hear this phrase over and over "Guns do not kill people, People kill people." Why do ordinary homes have assault guns n rifles, like you would use out on a war zone??? Why do so many children get introduced to such violent video games and be allowed to use them. I was amazed at the amount of blood, and death in most of them.....the only thing is these games are a game, but they have the potential to grow into the real thing. What a different and horrifying world we now live in that some of these children are trying to top each other in the phrase "How many did I kill" and then it becomes reality before they take their own lives. Kinda sickening, eh.
I also received a supposed email from "Zorpia", but blocked and deleted it.
Best Post Gail. Thankyou for putting this out in public.

Cupidblues said...

I challenge the media, voice and printed, to get this man's heart wrenching, truthful speech out to the entire world. Our children were better off in one-room schoolhouses where the older children helped and cared for the younger children and there was no bullying. There is no 'new law' that will control or change the mind of a sick person who needs help.

Jenny said...

What a powerful post.

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