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2nd Amendment advocate shot himself on Fuquay-Varina street corner

Posted May 9

Robert Eugene Owens (Photo from Facebook)

— The editor of a gun rights website committed a public suicide Monday on a Fuquay-Varina street corner.

Police found the body of Robert Eugene Owens, 46, at the intersection of ​Sequoia Ridge Drive and South Judd Parkway Southwest at around 11 a.m., minutes after he posted an apology on Facebook.

"In the end, it turns out that I'm not strong. I'm a coward," he wrote.

Owens' death drew attention given the public nature, and it took about a day for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to confirm that he died at his own hand.

Owens was the editor of Bearingarms.com, and the website published a tribute to him on Tuesday.

"In the end, all that matters is he that will be sorely missed, and the truth is that we will never know what truly happened," Jenn Jacques wrote.

According to his bio on the site, Owens was a native North Carolinian who had written about gun rights for 10 years.


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  • Derril Salter May 10, 7:39 a.m.
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    This man apparently had problems and chose to end his own life. Tragic. Prayers for his family. But if he had bought a fifth of booze, got into his car and met someone head on while driving the wrong way on a one way street been better? It happens.

  • Henry Cooper May 10, 1:58 a.m.
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    Ding Ding Ding.... We have another A or B discussion with ZERO possible middle ground...shocking

    Maybe those from both sides could start posting stories to support their stance.
    Lets review some kids getting shot by a gun then lets review some where guns have saved kids, both exist... but not to one side or the other I guess.

    Talk about extremist sheep on both sides...

  • Anna Temple May 9, 10:12 p.m.
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    Wow. The 'locked and loaded' , cross hair on ID picture laughing, I got a 50 cent bullet for the expensive death sentence volunteers , just waiting to draw their concealed with all their bravado now hidden. Seeking compassion? What a country. Are we great again yet?

  • Rudy Bizzell May 9, 7:51 p.m.
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    where did the comments go

  • Stacie Hagwood May 9, 6:49 p.m.
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    What is really ironic is his website that has a drop-down list for "Guns Saving Lives." What is sad is that so many people are injured or die in situations where it ISN'T a matter of using a gun for protection. It is kids playing, or suicide, or domestic situations, or just plain accidents. I'd love to see a study done on the number of times a firearm was used to protect someone and compare it to the number of times it was used in a tragedy. Won't happen, I know, because of gun nuts (many of whom, I believe, have mental health issues) and the NRA.

  • Melanie Lane May 9, 6:44 p.m.
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    That's fine if that's why he said that.. I don't think we know why he said that. I assume a cancer diagnosis is probably it, and hope it's not something that will leave his family having to clean it up, the loss would be hard enough for them but if he thought he was about to be caught doing something illegal and killed himself before hand that would be worst. At least, I think it would be if it were my family. If you leave because you don't want to face the harm that cancer will do is one thing vs who knows what but if it's legal, it'll still come out. I just doubt he thought that his gun support was what made hima coward..

  • Chiqi Torres May 9, 6:28 p.m.
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    It is a shame he realized very late that guns don't make one brave or strong, and his promotion of them was wrong, but couldn't turn it into something positive for himself. At least others may take that positive lesson from this experience.

  • Teddy Fowler May 9, 5:06 p.m.
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    There are many ways to kill oneself... the fact that he used a gun pretty much means nothing to this tragedy... and trying to make it mean something about the guns right issue is just lazy thinking...

  • Robin Cubbon May 9, 4:55 p.m.
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    reporting is not encouraging. the lack of concern from gun rights folks about people that aren't for total gun rights is. i'm sorry for his death. unfortunately mr trump just signed legislation that allows people with mental issues to get weapons so there wasn't law to try and stop this poor soul had his issues been identified earlier.

  • Sheila Moore May 9, 2:53 p.m.
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    It would be irony if he killed himself with a knife. The gun is expected