Miss South Carolina Daja Dial finished in the Top 7 of the 2015 Miss American pageant.

Last night, if you weren’t watching the first Sunday Night Football game of the season, you were probably tuned into the annual Miss America pageant. Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell ended up walking away with the title, but it was an answer from Miss South Carolina Daja Dial to a question about gun control that has some people wondering if it was her pro-Second Amendment stance that cost her the crown.

Dial, 22, from Jonesville, won the preliminary swimsuit competition last week before making it into the initial Top 15 on Sunday, and then the Top 12, and finally the Top 10 along with contestants from Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas, according to this story from

After it was announced that Dial made it to the Top 7, she answered a question regarding gun violence and “assault rifles.”

The question asked of her was: “America loves our Second Amendment, but gun violence continues to be a tragic problem. Do you support a ban on military-style assault weapons?”

Here was Dial’s answer: “I don’t, but I think it’s because we need to increase education. We have to go back there. if we teach people the proper way to use guns, then we will reduce the risk of having gun-related accidents. it starts with education.”

It’s an answer most shooters would find logical and correct. In fact, the support from the gun community on Twitter was swift according to this story from

Some went as far as to say her answer cost her the competition.


For a clip of Dial answering the question, go here.