Judiciary Committee hears from Darrell Scott
This is a discussion on Judiciary Committee hears from Darrell Scott within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; I recieved this in an e-mail from my family. Guess our national leaders didn't expect this, hmm? On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel ...
Post By flagflyfish
May 2nd, 2008 01:19 AM
Judiciary Committee hears from Darrell Scott
I recieved this in an e-mail from my family. Guess our national leaders didn't expect this, hmm? 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 wom en. 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. < BR>
"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.
"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!"
Nice!! Darrell Scott doesn't even own a gun and he knows that they are nothing more than a inanimate object. Maybe there is hope!
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier
and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the
service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the
love and thanks of man and woman."
-- Thomas Paine (The American Crisis, No. 1, 19 December 1776)
May 2nd, 2008 01:19 AM
May 2nd, 2008 05:28 AM
It's amazing that he can see through his grief and understand that it's the wielders of the weapons that are at fault, and not the weapons themselves.
The Brady Bunch just cancelled the rest of the speaking engagements they had planned for him.
May 2nd, 2008 07:20 AM
Amazing words of understanding from a loving father...I wonder if any of the politicians actually heard any of it?
Thanks for posting...I must search out the transcript in its entirety.
Stay armed...pray (yesterday was a National Day of Prayer)...stay safe!
"That I cannot do."
"Give this to, uh, Clemenza. I want reliable people, people who aren't going to be carried away. After all we're not murderers in spite of what this undertaker thinks."
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NRA Life Member
May 2nd, 2008 08:05 AM
That father "gets it" and he does not even "have one" (firearm). That was exceptionally profound. Leadership and initiative from a father who had part of his future taken from him and his family. I fear it is too much to expect for our leaders, whom we 'elected', to look into thier hearts as he challenged them to and make the right decisions.
"Just getting a concealed carry permit means you haven't commited a crime yet. CCP holders commit crimes." Daniel Vice, senior attorney for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, quoted on Fox & Friends, 8 Jul, 2008
(Sometimes) "a fight avioded is a fight won." ... claude clay
May 2nd, 2008 08:27 AM
Originally Posted by flagflyfish
Couple of problems here.
While the words quoted are essentially true,
it happened in May of 1999, and it was not a 'special' session.
I always check out these kinds of emails at snopes.com. Some turn out to be true, some untrue, some partially true. There is just too much stuff floating around the internet for me to have time to check all of it out, so snopes is my best friend on these emails.
Read the snopes page below (unfortunate 'anti' rant at end of it).
Having said all of that, I agree with Mr. Scott's perspective.
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