15-year-old Sarah Merkle of Maryland recently stood before the Maryland State Legislature in Annapolis, MD., to plea with lawmakers against passing stricter gun control laws. Little did she know, the video of her address would end up with over two million views and become a viral video in the debate concerning gun law reform.
Merkle, a member of the Maryland State Rifle Club, has been shooting firearms for nearly eight years and received a scholarship
Though Merkle’s argument was effective and concise, it did not prevent Maryland officials from approving restrictions on firearms last week.
If the legislation is signed into law by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who will likely sign it in May, it will require people hoping to buy firearms to provide fingerprints and obtain a license before purchase. The law would also ban the sale of 45 types of military-style semi-automatic rifles and magazines with more than 10 rounds.
The legislation was passed by the Maryland Senate by a vote of 28-19.