Gun Culture

Photos: New to guns, a reporter shoots for the first time -- with an AR-15

Like many reporters, I've written plenty of stories about guns over the years. But I'd never fired one -- not a real one, anyhow.

A gun-owning friend thought that was wrong given what I do for a living and set out to change it in a big way -- by arranging a training session for me with a semi-automatic AR-15. He was confident that afterward, I'd have a different, much more informed point of view about firearms -- and damn it if he wasn't right. Here's what happened, in words and photos.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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