The Second Amendment and conservative political worlds were both rocked this morning to learn 1that one of their own was found shot in the head on Monday.
Many pro-gun Americans have heard the name Bob Owens over the years as he’s been one of the most recognizable names on BearingArms.com. His detailed articles and strong opinions attracted millions of readers a month as the Second Amendment community grew in both size and strength.
However, in a shocking and extremely saddening twist, Owens was found dead on Monday near a stop sign outside of his North Carolina home, the Washington Post reported. Police haven’t determined the actual cause of Owens’ death, but they’ve said that the evidence thus far suggests the gunshot wound was “possibly…self inflicted.”
Authorities found a handgun near Owens’ body, and shortly before the time he would have shot himself he posted a cryptic message to his Facebook account.
“In the end, it turns out that I’m not strong. I’m a coward, and selfish son of a b‑‑‑‑. I’m sorry.”
Owens’ wife left a heartbreaking comment on her husband’s last Facebook post. In it, you could feel her despair as she described the man she knew and loved.
“You were nothing but a wonderful husband, loving father and giving friend. You always did what you thought was right even though it was not the popular thing to do. You were never a coward, or selfish, just hurting. I love you baby, you were my world.”
His death also sent shockwaves throughout the shooting community. An outpouring of support and remembrances flooded social media as news of the writer’s suicide spread.
Praying today for @bob_owens family and loved ones. He was an amazing man. Please, if you are hurting, please tell someone. You are loved.
— Antonia Okafor (@antonia_okafor) May 9, 2017
Count me among the many friends of @bob_owens grieving tonight. Please keep his family in your prayers.
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) May 9, 2017
Asking for you to take a moment and consider donating here to help the family of a fallen friend. https://t.co/Je7SBNTKtN
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 9, 2017
Owens’ co-editor, Jenn Jacques, took his death especially hard. In a Twitter post, she wrote that it was hard to find the words to describe how she’s feeling.
I apologize, but this is all I have to say at this time. Please keep his family in your prayers. pic.twitter.com/a2rNJcrCXQ
— Jenn Jacques (@JennJacques) May 9, 2017
The 46-year-old southern native has been writing about firearms and gun rights since 2007, and received a more prominent position in 2013, when BearingArms.com hired him as its editor. He was also a certified firearms instructor with over 400 hours of professional training.
I also had the pleasure of knowing Bob, and he was a good man. To hear of his sudden suicide is difficult, to say the least, and I pray for the strength and comfort of his family.
Wherever you are, Bob, you’re going to be sorely missed. Rest in peace, friend.