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Prominent Pro-Second Amendment Writer Dies Of Apparent Suicide

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Kerry Picket Political Reporter
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Robert Eugene Owens, 46, founder and editor of the Second Amendment advocacy website Bearing Arms, was found dead in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., Monday from a gun-shot wound to the head.

Police are investigating reports that the wound was self-inflicted.

According to WNCN, police were notified of Owens’ body on Monday morning after it was found near the intersection of Sequoia Ridge Drive and Judd Parkway, near a stop sign. A firearm was found near Owens’ body.

Owens last Facebook post read immediately before his death, “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.”

Owens’ daughter Maya wrote a post back to her father, stating, “It’s okay dad. I love you.”

Maya Owens Facebook post to her dad

Condolences from friends and fans poured in over social media as news surfaced of Owens’ passing Monday night.

BNONews notes that Owens began blogging about firearms in 2004 while he was living in New York. He later launched Bearing Arms, which discusses news about firearms and has a following of more than 2 million people on Facebook.


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