Merc dps left unmolested will still put up lower numbers than Sorc dps, Snipers or Smash Monkeys. The problem is that that Merc dps put up lower damage numbers when unmolested AND when under duress.
Dont give us that BS, im a full time Arsenal Merc DPS'er, i can put out put as much DPS as most other classes. It has nothing to do with being Molested as you say, its about knowing the class, knowing how to kite and knowing the maps and Most important how to LOS.
Our server has some Great DPS players, both republic and imperial, and further more great players, and i can play just as well as the great players on my Merc.