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    Subject: Darrell Scott, father of Rachel Scott


    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 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!"

    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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    That day was so very sad... thanks for sharing
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    Great words of truth, falling on deaf legislative ears...folks, we are all in trouble.
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    I received the same thing a couple of days ago. I did some research on it at Snopes and found out that it's really a mix of truth and legend. Regardless , it is still one of the most powerful statements I have ever read, and goes to the heart of what is wrong with our society. Interestingly, two of the attendees who heard the speech were John Lott and Eric Holder. Here's a link to the Snopes article, in case anyone is interested. Link to Darrell Scott Statement.
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    No matter the message he actually did say is true to the bone.

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    This will never hit mainstream media, and if it does, it will get an obligatory 10 seconds or back page coverage at best. How sad as this comes from one of the most affected victims of that tragedy.

    **Now after checking this out, it was covered back in April 2007 when this actually occurred. Old news that did hit media (not the mainstream apparently) at the time, including the NRA-ILA (which I strongly and financially support). True to my way of thinking but this will probably not be publicised in mainstream media, or even second tier media, a second time around.
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    His words of wisdom where true 10 years ago, as they are today

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    No matter the message he actually did say is true to the bone.
    Absolutely!! My concerns are 1) Those of us who are Second Amendment advocates accuse the media and others of inaccurate reporting. I don't want to be associated with that which minimizes the message. 2) There are some anti Second Amendment advocates who accuse us of inaccurate citations. I think if we are to retain our validity, we need to ensure that what we show to the public is accurate.

    I, in no way, intended to lessen the lesson. I've read it numerous times and it always stirs my soul and my heart. It seems to me that if we attach something inaccurate to Mr. Scott's statement it tends to also attach suspicion to the message.

    Just my 2 cents.
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    Wow, that was excellent. Heartfelt and to the point. Indeed the man is correct.
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    The son Craig came to our high school and had a presention to the kids in school then one for the parents that night. What a story. The girl knew all her life something was going to happen that she would have a short life. Very moving program.

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    Wow. Deep stuff. Thanks for sharing this.

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    Powerful message being presented. Think that every person in America should hear it....
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    There's very little that is deep or profound about his statement. It's a bunch of opinion with nothing to back it, and a lot of out and out nonsense.

    Quote Originally Posted by ccroom View Post
    "The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field.
    Dubious at best, based on his opinion that one religious text is the literal truth. Most scholars of that text would disagree with him.

    Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
    Your words are empty air.
    You've stripped away our heritage,
    You've outlawed simple prayer.
    No we didn't. One of the greatest conservative myths of all time.

    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 !
    This is not only an opinion, but an insulting and despicable opinion. Columbine was caused by a perfect storm of a charismatic psychopath and a severely mentally ill friend who came together at the wrong time and wrong place. Horrifying violence occurs all over the world in both the most and least religious regions.

    Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit.
    No evidence to support this and a good deal to indicate it's not the case.

    "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!
    That's a brave challenge. Guess what. There is no law that says your son can't pray in school. The school can't lead the prayer, that's all. I was a school teacher. I'm also an atheist. Yet if a student wanted to literally spend every spare moment of his school day praying, I would have had no problem with it and would have defended his right to do so (assuming he was disturbing no one, a standard I would have applied to any behavior of course). But neither I nor the school have any business leading, encouraging, or discouraging such personal behavior. Religious belief is a deeply personal matter, there is nothing that I or any legislator can do to make it magically leave your mind when you set foot onto a campus. How weak must he think faith is that not actively teaching his preferred creed for seven hours a day destroys his morals!

    Thanks for taking some heat off guns though.

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