19 Years Later: Columbine Father Darrell Scott Still Speaks

This is a powerful, honest and compelling speech given by Darrell Scott, father of Rachel Joy Scott who was murdered in the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999.  In light of horrific school shootings that have taken place in the past year, specifically in Parkland- many people believe that altering, if not abolishing 2A and the destruction of the NRA will cure what’s gone wrong in America today.  

We disagree ... and here’s why: EVIL INTENT is found in the HEART.

Darrell’s message is one we should all embrace today- it rings just as true today as it did that 27th morning of May, 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 subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders was painfully truthful.

They were not prepared for what he was to say. 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!”

Today we pray for our Country and though we are a diverse people, we are all American.  We all agree that killing- murder- is abhorrent and against the law of God and Christ. However, in our haste to solve a problem, we can’t ignore certain, obvious facts.

  • 11 Teens die EVERYDAY while texting and driving … (Source: AAA, 2018)
  • 29 People are killed EVERYDAY in a DUI related accident … (More people that were killed in the Parkland shooting.)
  • As of 2017 the deaths attributed a drug overdose continues to rise faster than ever,  now reaching an all time high …  (National Center for Health Statistics)
  • The average teenager spends over 9 hours a day on social media of some kind–and parents are often under the impression this has no affect on them mentally, emotionally, socially or academically … (CNN Health Report, January 2018)
  • And in 2016 Big Phrama killed 40,000 people who used properly prescribed, properly dosed medicine.  The cause of death?  Simple adverse side effects. (Source: drugabuse.gov)

And yet, where is the outrage for this??

In virtually all of these examples and statistics, we could say that society deems THE GOOD and PLEASURABLE to outweigh THE BAD, so many times the tragic, negative effects of alcohol, of owning a smart phone, of pharmaceutical drugs- are overlooked, though acknowledged as sad, tragic and unnecessary… but not unnecessary enough to make a change- and certainly not on the scale that a faction of America is demanding of the NRA… which has become an almost overnight obsession.

So if we are going to point fingers at the NRA, 2A and guns – then we have to address Big Tech, the Tobacco and Alcohol Industry as well as Big Pharma and drugs readily available on the streets.  Because in fairness, we could say that those industries have blood on their own hands.

It goes without saying that specific weapons should not be readily available- and others should certainly be illegal.  However, beyond various legal interpretations and embattled constitutional perspectives lies a deeper, more personal inquiry that needs to be made.  Questions we should ask ourselves.  We need to look into our hearts as individuals and as a nation because words and actions directly reflect our heart.  What are our actions saying about our heart?

A gun is an object that may protect or destroy- DEPENDING on the owner’s INTENDED use –and INTENT is born in the heart.  It’s becoming more and more obvious that America has a heart problem.  Darrell Scott saw clearly that a change of heart can only begin at the cross, nowhere else … and hopefully we will too.


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In Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg address, he echoed Jesus' immortal words, "...a house divided against itself cannot stand." (Mark 3:25) Perhaps now, more than ever, it is imperative that we stand together, kneeling before God and in an attitude of humility and holiness while reaching out to those around us in an effort to both heal and unite our divided land ... in God we trust.