We lost one of our own on Monday. Bob Owens, the editor for the popular gun site, BearingArms.com, died after what authorities are calling an apparent suicide. The autopsy is still pending, however the police have stated that the gunshot was “possibly … self-inflicted.”
Shortly before his death, he posted a message on Facebook that read, “In the end, it turns out that I’m not strong. I’m a coward, and selfish son of a b—-. I’m sorry.” His wife, heartbroken, replied on the status with a tear-jerking response. Christine Zamzow Owens said, “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,” she continued, “You were never a coward, or selfish, just hurting. I love you baby, you were my world.”
Owens was found around 11 a.m. near a stop sign outside his subdivision in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., a town southwest of Raleigh. A gun was located nearby, according to the Fuquay-Varina Police Department.
On Tuesday morning, Bearingarms.com published a story written by Jenn Jacques, Owens’s co-editor.
Its headline: “We are diminished.”
“In the end, all that matters is he will be sorely missed, and the truth is that we will never truly know what happened,” Jacques wrote. “What we do know is that while Bob was a huge part of the 2A world, he was first and foremost a son, brother, husband, father, and a friend.”
In a statement, Jacques wrote on Twitter that she was “profoundly devastated.”
“Even that phrase seems insignificant compared to what I’m feeling,” Jacques said. ” … I am having an extremely hard time with this and am asking everyone to just focus on and pray for his family. He would laugh at how many tissues I went through writing this status. And I would do anything to hear that laugh again.”
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 editor and firearm instructor left behind his wife and two daughter, but he also left a legacy that will continue to live on. He loved America and he loved the second Amendment.
Owens said the following in an article about what it was like to be a firearms instructor:
“Thanks to my job, I get to do a lot of very cool firearms training classes and media events sponsored by manufacturers,” he continued, “From aerial target interdictions to storming a prison cell block full of terrorist robots while wearing night vision fear in the dead of night, to shooting machine guns and $25,000 precision rifles, I’ve had a blast. Literally.”
It is a sad day for all of us. We lost a great man.
There is an outpouring of mourning and support for his family on social media:
Count me among the many friends of @bob_owens grieving tonight. Please keep his family in your prayers.
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) May 9, 2017
Praying for Bob Owens’ family tonight.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 9, 2017
For family and friends of @bob_owens — so sorry for your loss. Horrible news.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 9, 2017
The disgusting liberal response to the death of Bob Owens validates his point about why normal Americans should never disarm.
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) May 9, 2017
Keep his family in your prayers