The Pew Pew Tactical scholarship is dedicated to our mission of promoting gun safety and providing quality firearms education without politics or ego.
It rewards those who demonstrate both exceptional academic ability and thought leadership in “common sense” firearm law reform.
- Scholarship of $1,000 USD to one winner each year to assist in funding their education
- Open to all current US high school, college, and graduate school students who possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0
In 1000 words or fewer, tell us how you would reform current US firearms laws. This is a purposely open-ended question.
Attach proof of school enrollment and latest transcript for GPA verification.
Optional response to “Why Should We Choose You” personal essay.
Deadline for submission is March 31,2018 11:59 PM PST. Applications will be reviewed by Pew Pew Tactical Editor-in-Chief and Head Editor.
Winner will be chosen by April 15, 2018 and contacted via email. Winner will also be named on this page with their personal essay.
UPDATE: Winner has been chosen for 2018. Thank you to all the 102 applicants this year! Stay tuned for when we open the scholarship up for 2019 entries.
About Pew Pew Tactical
Pew Pew Tactical provides online education for firearms beginners, with an emphasis on safe gun handling. We also focus on reviews of firearms/gear, and state laws regarding gun ownership, use, and concealed carry.
Terms & Conditions
No purchase or payment necessary. The scholarship is open to any citizen or resident of the United States and its territories. Must be currently enrolled in a high school, college, or graduate school located in the United States or its territories. All other entries will be disqualified. Employees of Pew Pew Tactical and its divisions and their immediate family members are not eligible. Winner agrees to have their name and essay published with credit given.
2018 Winner: Benjamin Olsen
The dreaded and divisive topic of gun control and gun regulations has floated like a plague over the United States. Both sides have differing opinions on how to combat the perceived rise in gun violence. We’ve seen regulations (Assault Weapons Ban of 1994) that have all ultimately failed. The Assault Weapons Ban did little to stop gun violence. The CDC and FBI both report that the rate of gun deaths did not decrease due to the Assault Weapons Ban, and in fact, the ban had zero effect on raising gun violence or lowering it. The question still remains, how do we stop gun deaths, and what do we do with our countries gun laws? I propose a couple different ways we could change gun laws that might positively affect our country. The first thing I propose is to remove gun-free zones in schools and other governmental buildings. The second proposal would be to reinstate gun safety courses in schools. My final proposal is to have firearm laws reciprocated in all states.
Gun free zones have proven to be ineffective in deterring crime, and the majority of mass shootings, 5 or more fatalities, occur in gun free zones. With the removal of these laws in governmental and public buildings, it ensures that CCP holders are able to carry in public buildings. As a result of the ability of CCP holders to carry it would allow greater protection to everyone in that building. CCP holders have already passed a background check meaning that they have not committed any serious crimes and are responsible individuals; meaning that they are less likely to perpetrate a shooting. Private businesses will still be allowed to make laws as they see fit, ensuring liberty for small business owners.
My second proposal of reinstituting gun safety classes in schools would help combat accidental firearms deaths. According to the CDC ⅔ of all gun deaths are either suicides or accidents. To combat the accident portion of this statistic, we must teach. We teach kids the science of cells, and some would argue that we never will need the basic knowledge of cells in our lives. The same logic can be applied to a gun safety course, we may never use it, but it doesn’t hurt to have a basic knowledge. A gun safety course can help the next generation have a basic knowledge of a real-world tool. If we are to teach our kids things that may not be entirely necessary, shouldn’t we teach them safety about a tool that if handled inappropriately could kill? That is why we must have gun safety courses. These courses would involve the basic 4 rules of gun safety:
- Treat every weapon as if it were loaded
- Never point the weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot
- Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you’re ready to fire
- Keep the weapon on safe until you intend to fire
These are vital to the understanding of firearms. Firearms are not toys, even though they may be entertaining to shoot and operate. Teaching kids these rules could save hundreds of lives. Other aspects of this course would be how to load and unload a firearm, how to report if there is an unattended firearm. These courses could be taught by the School Resource Officer, seeing as most schools have them and these Officers will know how to teach the four rules and other aspects of the course.
My next proposal is reciprocity for state Gun Laws. This is probably the most far-fetched proposal so far, however, I intend to make my argument. In the Second Amendment, it states “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The Constitution sets ups the law concerning firearms and does so succinctly. The Bill of Rights originally only applied to the Federal Government, however after the 14th Amendment was passed, a Judicial doctrine known as Selective Incorporation was made. This doctrine relies on the passage in the 14th Amendment that states “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” This means that states cannot deprive us of any of our liberties as defined by the Bill of Rights. In the case McDonald v. Chicago, SCOTUS stated that states cannot infringe on our right to bear arms. Therefore, states should reciprocate all gun laws due to the 2A being upheld on a federal and state level, and due to the Full Faith and Credit Clause in Article 4 of the Constitution. The Full Faith and Credit Clause states that States will respect and acknowledge other states “public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State.” Which laws should be reciprocated? Those that violate the 2A the least. With the 2A stating “shall not be infringed”, we must side with the state that infringes the least on the “right to keep and bear arms” and thus will make travelling from state to state easier and ensure that those in California have the same right to arms as those in Tennessee.
All of these proposals have been rooted in facts. The fact that Gun free zones have had no effect. The fact that accidents with firearms cause the majority of firearm-related deaths. The fact that the Constitution has been disregarded in some states. These proposals rely on measures that will prove to reduce deaths and protect the Constitution.