The theme for the essay was, The Second Amendment to the Constitution: Why it is important to our nation. The contest was open to all students enrolled in an elementary, junior high, or high school during the academic year who had not previously received a prize. More than essays were submitted this year. Essays were judged on originality, scholarship and presentation.
The contest is open to all students enrolled, or who will be enrolled, in an elementary, junior high, or high school during the academic year, including homeschooled students in an equivalent grade level, who have not previously received a prize in their category. For example, a previous winner in the junior category, who is now eligible for the senior category, may submit an entry. Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior grades and Junior grades 8 and below , with separate cash prizes awarded to the winners in each category.
The National Rifle Association in its simplest form is the largest gun club in the world. The organization was founded in by former Union Army officers to encourage sport shooting in order to have a fine tuned militia in case of emergency. The Union officers believed that a well regulated militia was integral for the security of a free state. It is an organization that opposes gun control, it believes in the individual defense of the uses of firearms, and it is interested in all aspects of shooting sports.