A gun question featured on last night’s 2016 Miss America pageant received an unexpected response from one of the contestants.
Asked her view on the current issue of so-called “gun violence,” Miss South Carolina, Daja Dial, responded with a Second Amendment-affirming statement.
— Miss America Org (@MissAmericaOrg) September 14, 2015
“America loves our Second Amendment, but gun violence continues to be a tragic problem. Do you support a ban on military-style assault weapons?” the moderator asked.
“I don’t, but I think it’s because we need to increase education. We have to go back there,” Dial said. “If we teach people the right way to use guns, then we will reduce the risk of having gun-related accidents. It starts with education.”
Even before she could finish answering, Dial’s response received massive applause, demonstrating strong support for gun rights despite the establishment’s ongoing gun demonization campaign.
While the question was crafted to make it seem that gun violence may be on the rise, actual firearm homicide rates are near historic lows, according to Pew Research Center statistics.
“Compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide rate was 49% lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation’s population grew,” a Pew study in 2013 found.
Some believed the outstanding response should have sealed the deal for Dial, a fan favorite predicted to win, and thought her pro-gun answer may have been the reason the crown went to Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell, instead.
— Mike Mooneyham (@ByMikeMooneyham) September 14, 2015