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9May/170

Well, crap.

Posted by Knitebane

I met Bob Owens the weekend we both got our expert badges at an Appleseed that had been invaded by a number of North Carolina bloggers.

My wife attended as well and during the lunch period of the first day she and I ducked into the classroom to eat. Shortly thereafter a tall, gangly fellow wandered in looking for a place to make some adjustments to his rifle.

We chatted a bit and exchanged names and blog sites. I don't know if he ever followed me but I followed him.

I regularly disagreed with Bob. Blogger anonominity, the role of police, open carry, and a number of other second amendment and political topics. I wasn't the only one that regularly and loudly disagreed with him. Yet he never failed to continue posting his opinion even knowing that some of it wouldn't be very popular. That takes guts.

And now Bob Owens is dead of a self-inflicted gunshot, thought to be suicide.

Dammit.

No one knows the battles other people are hiding. I don't know what caused Bob to take his own life and we'll likely never know all of it.

But I know it wasn't a lack of courage.