With the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton Conn and the death of 20 first graders and 6 Educators, we are again focused on what to do about gun control in the United States.
Recently an email has been making the rounds, showcasing a speech given by Darrell Scott - father of Rachael Scott who was one of the victims at Columbine High School. It was April 20 1999, in the suburban town of Littleton Colorado, that two high school seniors walked the hallways of their school with guns, knives and assorted bombs. The final tally of those who lost their lives, included the two high school shooters, 12 students, and one teacher.
On May 27 of the same year, Darrell Scott spoke before the Sub Committee on Crime, of the House Judiciary Committee. A full text of his speech can be found at http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bldarrellscott.htm. in late 2012, this speech is the feature of an email that many people have probably already received. Part of that speech contained this 'moving poem' written a few days before Darrell Scott's appearance at the Judiciary Committee.
"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."
Now is the time, for all of us, to express our thoughts on the violence that has invaded our schools, and what to do about it. By doing so, we can only hope that our country's leaders will listen and find inspiration, from the expressed thoughts, on how best to deal with this serious problem.