Must-see morning clip: Miss America vs. the NRA

The newly crowned Miss America opposes the NRA's plan to arm teachers

By Jillian Rayfield
Published January 13, 2013 3:18PM (EST)

At the Miss America pageant, Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan, who went on to win the competition, was asked by judge Sam Champion about the NRA's proposal to arm teachers in the wake of the Newtown school shootings. She responded that she opposes that proposition.

"I don’t think the proper way to fight violence is with violence," she said. "I think the proper way is to educate people on guns and the ways we can use them properly. We can lock them up, we can have gun safety classes, we can have a longer waiting period."

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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