Attention politicians: Yes, this is my AR. And no, you can’t have it.

Assault Rifle? Weapon of war? Number-one choice of mass killers?

Nope. It’s not any of that.

It’s just a tool — albeit a very good one.

I am sick of the constant — and I mean CONSTANT — demonizing of what, for me, is just that — a tool.

I use mine to train, and I use it to protect my family — period.

In my opinion, it’s the best rifle available. That’s why I chose it. When it comes to my personal security, I don’t skimp.

If I need to protect my family, the circumstances will be dire, so I don’t want a rifle that’s been chopped or altered to satisfy the politically correct requirements of government officials who don’t know anything about what I need to win a gunfight.

And I don’t want a magazine that’s limited to 10 rounds, or less. I want the standard-capacity magazine that was specifically designed for this rifle. Besides, I’ve yet to meet the politician who can tell me how many rounds I’ll need to win a gunfight. I’ve been in a couple, you see. I’ve had ammo left over each time. That’s a big win.

I’ve heard a number of politicians and gunfight theorists (those who have never actually been in a gunfight but have a theory of what it’s like) say all I need to defend my family is a shotgun or even a handgun. If that’s what they want to rely on when The Bad Man comes calling, I’m fine with that. I’ll be relying on my rifle, thanks very much.

Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about bans and buy-backs, which are just polite words for confiscation. That too will never work. The mere attempt is ludicrous, because I will never, ever be defenseless. I have seen the evil bad men can do.

So, politicians, make your speeches, pander to your base, introduce your legislation, rail away at the people and groups who don’t want to see me defenseless. It just really doesn’t matter.

I am an American gun owner. There are millions like me. And I will never be disarmed.


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. The idea, when fighting for your life, is to make the fight as unfair as possible for your attacker. Otherwise, YOU may die!

  2. Gun control is not about protecting people from guns, it’s about protecting the government from the people. When dictators took control around the world, they killed 10s of millions of their own people. Liberal politicians and leftists have openly said gun owners and conservatives need to be killed, and if they obtained dictatorial power here in the US, so does anyone think they would not fulfill those comments?

    • Manuel E Gutierrez on

      It sure is a headache. I always heard that you can’t mix vinegar with oil. Unfortunately we have millions of illiterate people in our midst. In that sense illiterate people are much easier to manipulate. When we raise here in America the level of education for the public at large we will witness a considerable decrease in The Violence that plague us all.

      • How eloquently spoken, and so very true. Thank you for being intelligent and bold enough to say what needed to be said. However in my case, you’re preaching to the choir. Hopefully the sheeple who need these thoughts will be reached before it’s too damn late.

    • Jerall D Ross on

      Wow you guys must really live in dangerous places. Praying that Trump can bring greatness to your party of the world. Thanks for listening.

      • Mr Ross, It doesn’t matter if it’s a bad place or not! We have the right to defend ourselves!! An if them left wing nut jobs take control, we’ll be needing these firearms..the framers of our constitution,had the foresight to see this..thank God they did…you can live in your world ,where the cops always show up in time to save you!! I’m lucky if they even show up at all.. I will be keeping my firearms,an practice to be proficient with it an so will the rest if my family..

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