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<span style="font-style: italic">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.</span>
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