On Saturday’s pageant broadcast, Mallory Hagan (Miss New York) was asked for her opinion on posting armed guards outside of schools in the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting, a proposal promoted by the NRA. In response, Hagan said, “The answer is not to fight violence with violence.” – CONSERVATIVES DECLARE WAR ON NEW MISS AMERICA MALLORY HAGAN OVER GUN COMMENTS

Miss America, Mallory Hagan

BACK WHEN I was in the Miss America Pageant, which was a very long time ago, state pageant queens were discouraged from political comments or answers to questions. The Pageant has come a long way.

In a closed door interview I, in fact, was asked about busing in Missouri to see how I’d react, because it was the 1970s, a very political time for women. But this was when interviews were conducted off camera.

Good for Miss New York, who became Miss America this weekend, for standing up against the insanity and stating the truth about gun safety. She’s taking a lot of heat from right-wingers, but she’s absolutely correct and I’m proud of her.

The right is going berserk, with Newsbusters blaring the headline that Miss America “Espouses Liberal Conventional Wisdom on Guns.”

Mallory Hagan happens to represent the majority of the American public, while the N.R.A. and conservative gun crazy community are a minority.

Hagan: I don’t think the proper way to fight violence is with violence. I think the proper way is to educate people on guns and the ways that we can use them properly. We can lock them up, we can have gun safety classes, we can have a longer waiting period. The answer is not to fight violence with violence, however.