The new Miss USA Asya Branch impressed judges with her answer at the Elvis Presley-themed finals in Tennessee.
The 22-year-old, who became the first Black woman to represent Mississippi, was crowned Miss USA and is the first Mississippian to scoop the title.
When asked about how a divided America could come together, Branch answered: “I think this is an issue of trust.
“We’ve lost trust in the systems that seem to keep our country running, from the media to business to our government.
“And it’s all about restoring that trust and coming together and working together to heal and trust in these systems. If want to continue to be the greatest nation we’re going to have to set a better example.”
Branch also addressed the issue of gun reform, saying: “As someone who grew up in a home with guns, I learned at an early age how to load, how to fire, and gun safety. And I think that education should be available to everyone.
“I believe that we should require people to pass safety and training before they are allowed to purchase a gun and before receiving a permit.
“I think it’s important that we not ban guns because obviously people will find a way to get what they want anyways. I think it’s our second amendment right. We just need more safety surrounding that.”
The 22-year-old was crowned by a panel of judges which included Miss USA 1999 Kimberly Pressler, Fox Nation host Abby Hornacek, and entrepreneur Gloria Mayfield Banks.
The other finalists invited to discuss challenging topics such as climate change, mental health reform, prison reform and voter participation were Kim Layne, Miss Idaho; Maria Jane Davis, Miss Oklahoma; Alexis Lete, Miss Indiana; and Kelly Hutchinson, Miss Alabama.
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