Gun Control…Do You Know This Man?
Seems like every other day I hear about another incident with a gun in a public place threatening innoent people. I don’t know if media is throwing light on these or is the coverage is making more disturbed people seek attention. Regardless, it is my opinion that less attention to their exploits the better.
I did get one e-mail thought that I thought was provoking and insightful. I even researched to be sure this wasn’t a made up thing. I was very happy to see the speech by Darrell Scott to Congress in 1999 but it is relevent today and unfortunately probably tomorrow. Unfortunately he is uniquely qualified to have an opinion.
About.com writes about the testeony:
Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Joy Scott — a student killed in the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado — did make this speech during testimony on May 27, 1999 before the Subcommittee on Crime of the House Judiciary Committee. It was the first of many similar talks he has delivered on the subject.
Here is a small sample of Mr Scott’s testimony that I think gives you the jist:
"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."
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.
(follw the link below to read the entire speech) http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bldarrellscott.htm
You know how I know that these sentiments will come again? They came before...
"We have staked the future of American civilization upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." - James Madison
"Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed the conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?" - Thomas Jefferson
"Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." - John Adams
And everything old is new again.