22-Year-Old African-American Sichuan Fan Wins Miss America Crown Supporting Gun Rights

The Miss USA 2020 contest, which was postponed due to the Wuhan pneumonia outbreak (COVID-19), ended on November 9 at Graceland, the home of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, in Memphis, Tennessee, with the crown going to Asya Branch, a Mississippi native who supports gun rights and has met with President Donald Trump to discuss related issues.

Branch, 22, from Booneville, Mississippi, is the first African-American to represent the state in the Miss Universe competition and the first Miss Universe winner from the state to win the crown.

In her introductory video, Blanche talked about her passion for criminal justice reform and mentioned that she had participated in a roundtable discussion on the issue with President Donald Trump.

On the evening of the 9th local time, after two rounds of fierce elimination in swimsuit and evening gown, the final round of the competition asked the five finalists to pick a random topic for a 30-second speech, Blanche drew the “gun law”.

She spoke freely, emphasizing that she grew up in a family with guns and learned from an early age how to assemble, shoot and keep them safe, and that everyone should be provided with gun education. But Blanche cautioned that the public should be trained and pass safety tests to obtain a firearms permit.

She said, “I don’t think we want to ban guns because obviously people will find a way to get what they want anyway, (gun ownership) is a right guaranteed by the Second Amendment to our Constitution, we just need a safer environment.”

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution explicitly states, “A well-disciplined militia, being necessary to insure the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

According to Trump, the U.S. Constitutional Fathers framed this as the Second Amendment to the Constitution, second only to the First Amendment – the freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and demonstration, and petition to the government, thus showing that they understood how important the right to bear arms is to all Americans.