scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Columbine Dad Speaks to House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee
The Gillams (howlers@INTELIPORT.COM
Thu Mar 16 2000 - 09:04:54 CST
Yesterday AM when my 6th grade age son got upon his bus the driver asked
if his Dad was coming out. He told her he was right behind him. (Dad is
a state law-enforcement officer) Seems she was having a terrible time
with a 7th grade boy already on the bus. He a shouted her a line of
obscenities and evidently kept it up. When my husband went to assist the
boy did the same to him. My husband then radioed the school resource
officer, who lives about two miles away, to come and assist. The boy
then fed this officer a line of obscenities too when he arrived on the
scene. I heard much of it myself from 60 feet away with the bus motor
running. Many kids on the bus were relishing every moment. This is a
repeated occurance on this bus by other students. It is horrible and
makes me sick that so many kids today have no respect for anyone. It is
a scary thought that kids will be looking after us in our old age. What
are parents teaching their kids? Or better question: Where are the
parents and where is morality?
Got this from a Friend and so I decided to pass it along:
On Thursday, May 27, 1999, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a
victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado,
invited to address the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee. What
said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was
painfully truthful. It needs to be heard by every parent, every
every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every
so-called expert+ACE- These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are
powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God
this man as a voice crying in the wilderness.
The following is a portion of the transcript -- both good +ACY- evil in the
hearts of men and women.
+ACI-We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The
of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that
teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain.
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
NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the
for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.
+ACI-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
member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am
here to represent or defend the NRA because I don't believe that they
responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe that
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+ACE- Much of the blame
here in this room. Much of the
blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves.
+ACI-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.
+ACI-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 +ACI-Why+ACI-
You regulate restrictive laws
Through legislative creed
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need+ACEAIg-
+ACI-Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist
of body, soul, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part
our makeup, we create a
void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush
in and wreak havoc.
Spiritual influences were present within our educational systems for
our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological
is a historical fact.
What has happened to us as a nation? +ACI-We have refused to honor God, and
doing so, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something
terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs politicians immediately look for
scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately
seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our
personal and private liberties.
+ACI-We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have
stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who
spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies
our own hearts. Political posturing and
restrictive legislation are not the answers. The young people of our
hold the key.
There is a spiritual awakening taking place that will not be squelched+ACE-
do not need more religion. We do not need more gaudy television
spewing out verbal religious garbage. We do not need more million
church buildings built while people with basic needs are being
We do need a change of heart and a humble acknowledgment that this
founded on the principle of simple trust in God+ACE-
+ACI-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+ACE-
+ACI-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
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.
+ACI-To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA - I give to you
sincere challenge. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the
stone+ACE- My daughter's death will not be in vain+ACE- The young people of
country will not allow that to happen+ACE-:+ACI-
Be courageous enough to do what the , MEDIA DID NOT,
let the nation hear this man's speech. Please send
this out to everyone you can+ACE-
Troop 164, ASM