‘Bearing Arms’ editor Bob Owens dead at 46

PUBLISHED Mon, May 08, 2017 - 10:57pm EDT
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Blogger Bob Owens, the founder and editor of the pro-gun news website "Bearing Arms," has been found dead in North Carolina in an apparent suicide, local officials say. He was 46 years old. (more)

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The incident happened at about 10:54 a.m. on Monday when officers received a report of a gunshot victim near a stop sign at the intersection of Sequoia Ridge Drive and Judd Parkway in Fuquay-Varina. A firearm was found near the man, who was later identified as Owens.

Just minutes before Owens' body was found, at 10:51 a.m., a brief note was posted on his Facebook account. "In the end, it turns out that I'm not strong. I'm a coward, and a selfish son of a bitch. I'm sorry," the message said.

Police in Fuquay-Varina, a town about 16 miles southwest of Raleigh, said the death could be a suicide but added that an investigation is still underway. The Medical Examiner's Office and the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification will both assist in the investigation.

Owens, who began blogging in 2004 as a North Carolina native in New York, later became the founder and editor of "Bearing Arms," which covers news about firearms and has a following of more than 2 million people on Facebook.

"He was a dedicated hoplophile, an avid shooter and a fierce supporter of the right to keep and bear arms," Dan Zimmerman, of "The Truth About Guns" website, said in a post. "Our condolences go out to his family, friends and co-workers. He will be missed."

Owens also made a number of controversial statements over the years. In a 2015 post, Owens warned the "radical left wing" of the Democratic Party that an attempt to confiscate firearms would lead to civil war in which "they will be utterly destroyed" by armed citizens.

"This is where the survivors of the Democrat rebellion will meet their end," Owens wrote below a photo of gallows.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the U.S. Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, a free and 24/7 service that can provide suicidal persons or those around them with support, information and local resources.

  Fuquay-Varina, NC     





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