to say and thank you ladies and gentlemen for for hearing my heart at  this very moment in the cemetery and


southern Denver Chapel Hill Cemetery


they're erecting the 13 crosses that I


think are well known across the country

as a permanent memorial at the head of


my daughter's grave and my heart really


longs to be there with my children


Bethany and her husband Don Dana Craig


and Mike but it's with their blessing


that I'm here today and I appreciate


that I realized that I'm a mere pawn in


today's hearings but I'm a willing pend


because I dare to believe that I can


make a difference every once in a while


a pond has been used to checkmate a king


and I have no hidden agenda


and of course I have no political


aspirations I simply speak to you as a


broken hearted father and only ask that


you allow your heart to hear me for the


next few minutes


since the dawn of


creation there's been both good and evil


in the heart of men and women and we all


contain those seeds we contain the seeds


of kindness and the seeds of violence


and the death of my wonderful daughter


Rachel joy Scott and the deaths of that


heroic teacher and the other 11 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 at the NCAA the National Club


Association the true killer was Kane and


the reason for the murder could only be


found in his 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'm not a


hunter I do not even own a gun I'm not


here to represent or to defend the NRA


because I don't believe they're


responsible for my daughter's death


therefore I don't believe they need to


be defended by me if I believe 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



that should be focusing us to look

at where the real blame lies much of

that blame lies here in this room

much of that blame lies behind

pointing fingers of the accusers


I'll wrote a point just four

nights ago that expressed my feelings

best and it was written before I knew

that I would be speaking here today and

I'd like to read that


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 have a body and we have a soul and we

have a spirit and I believe we fail to

recognize that third element that really

does need to be recognized by the

legislative bodies of this country

that's been ignored for so long

spiritual influences were present within

our educational systems for most of our

nation's history many of our major

colleges began as theological seminaries

and we know this is a historic fact


what has happened to us as a nation we've

refused to honor God and in doing so we

open the doors to hatred and violence

and when something is terrible as

columbines tragedy occurs

politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA

they immediately seek to pass

more restrictive laws that continue to

erode away our personal and private

liberties we don't need more restrictive


Eric and Dylan would not have been

stopped by more gun laws or metal

detectors no amount of laws can stop

someone who spends months of planning

this type of massacre


the real villain lies within our own hearts political posturing and restrictive legislation are not the answers


the young people of our nation hold the key and there is a spiritual awakening that's taking place that will not be squelched

we don't need more religion we don't need more gaudy television evangelist spewing out verbal religious garbage we do not need more million dollar church buildings built while people are there basic needs are being ignored


we do need a change of heart and humble acknowledgment that this nation was founded on the principle

of simple trust in God

when my son Craig lay under that table

in the school library and saw his two

friends murdered before his very eyes he

didn't hesitate to pray in school and I

defy any law or politician to don to

deny him that right


I challenge every young person in America and around the world to realize that on April 20th 1999 at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools


don't 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 conscience and denies your god-given right to communicate with him

and 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 you cast the first



my daughter's death will not be in vain

the young people of this country

will not allow that to happen

and remember that even a pond and a

master's hand can accomplish much