Darrell Scott's Testimony
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. 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 both good & evil in the hearts of men and
"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 (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 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 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 doing so, 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
"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!"
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