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Columbine Father’s Testimony Before Congress


Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott Testimony

“Since the dawn of creation there has been both good and evil in the


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


in the field.  The villain was not the club he used.  Neither was it the


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


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


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.


was written way 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 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, 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 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


 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


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


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


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


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.

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