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Greetings ta ever one in western Illinois and all readers of "The Quill".
By now ya should be gett'n close to maken' yer adjustments to daylight savin' time. I suppose it gives more time to celebrate St.Patricks day this Saturday (17) and ta enjoy the first day of spring next Tuesday (20).
3 levels of school protection
I heard on the radio an enterview of a school superintendent in Florida that put in three levels of protection for his students after Columbine shootings.
In his first level he contacted the local sheriff and made arrangements ta have armed officers on his school grounds. He gave authority for the officers to be in charge of security.
Secondly he provided one hundred hours of firearm train'n to a select number of teachers in his school and armed them with concealed weapons. The one hundred hours of training exceeded the hours of training given police officers in his county.
Thirdly he advocated mandatory moral and responsibility training for the students in his school. Consequent behavior is emphasized.
The superintendent be'n enterviewed indicated al was go'n well with these three levels of protection in his school and recommends for others.
On December 16, 2012 Darrell Scott gave an enterview the liberal press fer the most part chose to ignore. That fact is unfortunate as he very clearly states what needs to be said and more importantly addressed. it defines some very real issues that all too are ignored. Here it is:
Columbine parent meets with congressional subcommittee
-December 16, 2012
Columbine student's father 12 years later!!
Guess our national leaders didn't expect this.
On Thursday, 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 during his special session of Congress was painfully truthful.
They were not prepared for what he was o say, nor was it received well. 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 and 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 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 ned 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 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 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 the 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 point your fingers at the NRA- I give 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!"
Do what the media did not-let everyone hear this man's speech.
Well, that certainly was an enterest'n speech give'n to a surprised sub-committee expect'n someth'n else!
Here are some enigmas fer ya ta think about:
(1) Isn't it weird that in America, our flag and our culture offend so many people, but our benefits don't?
(2) How can the federal government ask U.S. citizens to pay back student loans, when illegal aliens are receiving a free education?
(3) Only in America are legal citizens labeled "racists" and "Nazis", but illegal aliens are called "Dreamers."
(4) Liberals say, "If confiscating all guns saves just one life, it's worth it". Well, then if deporting all illegals saves just one life, wouldn't that be worth it?
(5) I can't quite figure out how you can proudly wave the flag of another county, but consider it punishment to be sent back there.
(6) The Constitution: It doesn't need to be rewritten, it needs to be reread. (*or read for the first time.)
(7) William F. Buckley said: "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other points of view, and are then shocked and offended when they discover there are other points of view."
(8) Joseph Sobran said: "'Need' now means wanting someone else's money "Greed' means wanting to keep your own. "Compassion' is when a politician arranges the transfer."
Well there ya have it then, someth'n to ponder on fer a spell. I'm sure the boys will dwell on these topics for a session or two.
Have a good rest of the week.
Hope'n to see in church soon.
Remember, wherever ya are, whatever ya be a do'n "BE A GOOD ONE!"
Keep on Smile'n
Count yer many Blessings
Catch ya later,