A Maryland teenager is fast becoming a hero to gun rights advocates for boosting the 2nd amendment, reports
the Washington Times
. A YouTube video
of her testimony opposing Maryland's new gun laws has generated over 2 million views since it was posted late last month.
"Ever since I first learned how to shoot, the issue with gun violence around the nation became clear: Guns are not the problem; people are," stated 15-year-old Sarah Merkle of Baltimore, who's been shooting since she was 8. "Purging our society of violence and murder cannot be done through gun control legislation."
In response to the moral outrage that followed the attack in Newtown, Connecticut last December, Merkle said, "the first thing that hits a lot of people is a natural, emotional human response. The first thing that they think of is you can't shoot somebody if you don't have a gun. But that's just not the right way to go about it."
But the response to Merkle hasn't been entirely positive. In fact it's been ominous, in some instances: according to the WT
, there've been "suggestions that she and her family should be shot to teach her a lesson."
Via the Washington Times