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..

        • I have no problem with reasonable gun owners, but gun-identity freaks are much scarier than the gub’mint they claim is taking away their rights.

          In my experience, people who rail against government “gun grabs” are the same types who’d die to defend their “right” to remove their catalytic converters, pour used oil in a creek, or shoot whatever animal they feel like. You see a lot of EPA-haters who are also gun nuts and it’s the same crass personality type.

          The public faces a serious hazard where any random Joe who loses his marbles (regardless of how long he was technically law-abiding) has far too much firepower available. It’s obviously getting worse and something needs to change. We’re tired of seeing trash whining about gun “rights” after every mass shooting, or sending futile “thoughts and prayers,” just like global warming deniers after big hurricanes and fires. They never want to admit there’s a underlying problem, and that guns were never part of nature.

          All the talk of the (badly interpreted) 2nd Amendment is meaningless when such people starting freaking out and shooting. If you’re truly moral, you should care about that just a bit more than your supposed right (what “well regulated militia?”) to horde and salivate over weapons. The public has no idea when a random “gun enthusiasts” will crack since most of them have the same basic personas.

          If you enjoy the prospect of using your guns in an actual battle, there’s always the military, or maybe get a time-machine and learn that the Old West glory days were grim, not glorious. Society can’t be allowed to degenerate into a constant potential firefight just because the gun-identity crowd wants the feeling of power.

          I was into guns for awhile in my 20s but have come to see them as a symbol of moral cowardice, associated with an increasingly corrupt GOP.

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

    Sure, it’s just like any other tool that can kill many people with little effort at hundreds of yards. Just a tool!

    We all know that others aren’t much different, e.g. trowels, pitchforks, hammers, chain hoists, and so on. All are equally risky to the pubic at great distances, so the gub’mint needs to keep its evil hands off your precious ego-props.

    P.S. Your argument is devoid of CONTEXT and you can’t be dim enough to not understand why.

  4. Lee, this is Marty Schladen.
    At the end of your column about how you won’t give up your AR15, you write, “I am an American gun owner. There are millions like me. And I will never be disarmed.” Are you threatening violence? Do you acknowledge that the Second Amendment itself contemplates regulation? Do you acknowledge that Heller explicitly said it was not to be interpreted as extending to individuals the right to bear any kind of arms they wish? If you acknowledge those objective facts, you’re acknowledging the right of the government to outlaw certain kinds of weapons. Indeed, it already does. So, if the government were to outlaw your AR15 and do a mandatory buyback, are you saying you’ll shoot any government official who tries to enforce that law?
    You call yourself a journalist. Real journalists acknowledge facts even if they’re not convenient to the argument they’re trying to promote.

  5. That’s not an answer Lee. Why not clarify what you wrote?
    Do the Constitution and subsequent jurisprudence give government the power to regulate weapons? If they do, how can the last sentence in your essay be interpreted other than as a threat of violence? Do you plan to engage in non-violent civil disobedience? Or are you refusing to explain yourself because the point of this essay is to keep things vague and menacing?
    You claim to be a newsman. That means being clear about and accountable for what you say and write. In light of recent acts of terror, there’s no way these are not legitimate questions.

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