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

    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 & 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
    Cain, 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 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
    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 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
    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!"

    Be courageous enough to do what the media did
    not--let the nation hear this man's speech. Please send
    this out to everyone you can.
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