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It is with deep regret and profound sorrow that I must share with you the following:

Yesterday morning, just before 11 a.m., Bob Owens’ life came to a tragic end.

We did not make an announcement on Bearing Arms because it was more important to us to give the family a day to grieve than to break the story and get clicks. But so help me God, I’ve sat here trying, and still cannot bring myself to report this particular story.

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.

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 friend.

Many of you have been posting wonderful memories and shared stories you have of Bob. The pictures, tributes, and prayers are all much needed and appreciated. I know his family – particularly his daughter – is taking solace in the knowledge that he meant so much to so many of us.

A memorial has been set up on GoFundMe for Bob’s wife and daughters who are 9 and 17.

We are asking everyone to respect his family’s privacy during this most difficult time, and I’d like to personally remind everyone that what you write impacts more than just the stupid thread you’re writing on.

Please know that his family will be reading what you write and act accordingly.

I would turn off the lights here at Bearing Arms, but that wouldn’t honor Bob or his work. Please give me a few days, and I promise we’ll be back. Or rather, I’ll be back.

We most certainly are diminished.