Robert Eugene Owens was one of the most vocal defenders of the Second Amendment in the country, and he used his platform on his website Bearing Arms to inform Americans about the value of our gun rights.

Tragically, it appears Robert took his own life on Monday in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. He was 46, and police believe the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

According to his website, Bob’s passion for guns and politics began in 2004:

Bob began blogging as a North Carolina native in New York at the politics-focused Confederate Yankee in 2004. In 2007, he began writing about firearms, gun rights, and crime at Pajamas Media, and added gun and gear reviews for Shooting Illustrated in 2010. Bob is a graduate of roughly 400 hours of professional firearms training classes, including square range and force-on force work with handguns and carbines. He is a past volunteer instructor with Project Appleseed. He most recently received his Vehicle Close Quarters Combat Instructor certification from Centrifuge Training.

From WNCN:

The body was found just before 11 a.m. near the intersection of Sequoia Ridge Drive and Judd Parkway, near a stop sign, authorities said. A firearm was found near the man’s body. The medical examiner and the Raleigh-Wake City-County Bureau of Investigation are assisting in the investigation.

“This is an ongoing investigation by the Fuquay-Varina Police Department and we will await the medical examiner’s report as to the official cause of death,” police wrote.

Bob is survived by his wife and two daughters, who are 9 and 17 years old. According to his Bearing Arms website, a GoFundMe page has been established to help out his family.

Just moments before his death, Owens posted to his Facebook wall, apologizing for not being “strong.”

It’s truly heartbreaking when a person’s inner demons become too much to bear, especially when that person leaves close loved ones behind to pick up the pieces and live with that huge gaping hole in their family.

Here’s Bob doing what he loved at the range:

Owens’ strong pro-Second Amendment voice was a valuable asset and he will truly be missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to Owens’ entire family during this trying time! 

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