What do high school students think about “one of the greatest pieces of fraud” that Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger ever saw in his lifetime?
A Message from the President of Americans Against Gun Violence
I’m posting this message to inform our supporters that our 2022 Americans Against Gun Violence National High School Essay Contest is now open and to ask for your assistance in bringing the contest to the attention of any high school students and educators with whom you may have contact. (Click on these links to download contest details and a contest flyer in PDF format. For additional information or questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (916) 668-4160.)
I have mixed emotions every year when I post the essay contest announcement. I’m very pleased, on the one hand, that we’ve been able to host the contest every year since 2018 as a means of fostering and rewarding critical thinking among high school students concerning the measures needed to stop our country’s epidemic of gun violence – an epidemic that unlike Covid-19, disproportionately harms our children and our youth. I’m also grateful that due to the generosity of our supporters, we’ll be awarding at least $15,000 to the contest winners again this year, bringing the total awards that we’ve given students over the five year history of the contest to over $75,000.
I’m deeply troubled, on the other hand, by the fact that there’s a continued need to engage in discussions with high school students about our epidemic of gun violence. This is an epidemic that we members of older generations should have stopped long ago. And I’m particularly troubled that this year, the prompt for our essay contest concerns a fraud that was debunked long ago, but that was given new life by the U.S. Supreme Court as recently as 2008. This fraud now comprises one of the main obstacles to the adoption of stringent gun control laws in the United State comparable to the laws that have long been in effect in all the other high income democratic countries of the world – countries in which mass shootings, including shootings on school campuses, occur rarely, if ever, and in which the average rate of gun related murders of high school age youth is 82 times lower (that’s 82 times lower, not 82 per cent lower) than in our country.