It seems as though every mass shooting is inevitably followed by demands for stricter regulations on firearms from gun grabbers. That was certainly the case in the wake of the tragic Columbine school shooting in 1999 that left 12 students and one teacher dead.
However, there was one individual personally affected by the tragic shooting that didn’t appeal to Congress for more gun laws. Instead, he used the opportunity to explain what he believed was actually necessary to prevent future school shooting massacres.
According to Snopes, Darrell Scott — the father of two student victims at Columbine, one of whom was killed — testified on May 27, 1999 before a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee regarding pending gun control legislation.
“Since the dawn of creation there has been both good and evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence,” Scott began. “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.”
Scott then explained that it is evil intentions that are to blame for violence, not guns.
“The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field,” Scott continued, citing the biblical account in Genesis. “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.”
Scott noted his surprise at how quickly some people blamed the National Rifle Association as being responsible for the shooting that claimed his daughters life. He set them straight on what he believed was truly to blame.
“I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun,” Scott explained. “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 they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder, I would be their strongest opponent.”
Instead, Scott said he believed the tragedy at the Columbine school served as a “spiritual event” that demonstrates how removing God and religious virtue from schools left a void that was inevitably filled with evil and violence.
Scott also shared a short poem he had written prior to finding out that he would be testifying before Congress. In it, he calls politicians to task for stripping God and morals from America’s schools:
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
Scott pointed out that all individuals are comprised of three parts — body, soul and spirit — and that the refusal to recognize the third aspect, spirit, was to blame for the prevalence of “evil, prejudice and hatred” that has been witnessed in public schools.
“And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA,” Scott said. “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,” he continued, adding that the two shooters “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,” Scott insisted. “Political posturing and restrictive legislation are not the answers.”
Scott drew near the end of his message with a call for all young people to open their hearts to the spiritual awakening taking place across the country, to place their trust in God and to feel free to pray in school, despite what any politician may say to the contrary.
Then he set his sights on those demanding more gun control legislation in the wake of the tragedy: “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!”
You can watch Darrell Scott deliver his heartfelt message to Congress courtesy of C-SPAN right here:
He instead blamed the evil and lack of spirituality in schools — due in large part to politics — and set the politicians straight on how misguided their own blame game really was.
His words are almost two decades old, but they still ring true today.
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