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Bob Owens, Rest in Peace

I’ve known Bob on the internet for years, from his days at Confederate Yankee and Bearing Arms. I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with him a handful of times. The first time was at the Lucky Gunner machine gun shoot, where he and I were neighbors during a class given by Tom Givens. I’d also run into him at the NRA annual meetings. At the meeting in Nashville, Bob’s picture of my gun in its holster lead to the NY Times issuing a retraction to a story about how guns weren’t allowed at the meeting.

Bob was always funny, witty, and laid back. He was always smiling. He’d wander around the NRA floor or to a Moms Demand protest and get off a blog post. And I wasn’t sure how he was able to it so fast. He had a great sense of humor too.

Bob is no longer with us. He apparently shot himself after leaving a chilling message on facebook. He never struck me as the suicidal sort. I’m shocked and saddened.

If you’d like to help his family, there is a fundraiser set up for that and you can donate here.

6 Responses to “Bob Owens, Rest in Peace”

  1. Tim Says:

    Unbelievable. Can’t imagine what demons would drive him to this. He had the success so many can only dream about.

  2. Ron Says:

    Having lived through a loved one taking his own life, all I can offer is that it will never make sense. The only course available is to keep taking one step at a time, no matter how much it hurts, and damn does it hurt. And with each step, you reach out to those that are also hurting, and you let them know, they are not alone. And you fight that damn battle next to those that are fighting depression over and over, because losing is permanent, and they fight the battle every day. Our brothers and sisters that are struggling need to know they are not alone, and that it is not weak to grab a hand and talk.

    Damn brother.

  3. alanstorm Says:

    Get over there and drop a few bucks, people.

    Bob was one of the good guys.

  4. Jeffersonian Says:

    I didn’t know Bob. I gave because I felt like I knew him thru his writing. Thanks for all the links Unc. I will pray for his family.

  5. Joe Hooker Says:

    First Kevin “Hognose” O’Brian and now Bob. Been a bad couple of weeks.

  6. Heath J Says:

    Thought the same thing when Newbius went. Why?

    Too sad.