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Editor and Founder of ‘Bearing Arms’, Bob Owens, Dead at 46

Robert Eugene Owens, Second Amendment advocate, and editor of “Bearing Arms,” was found dead near his North Carolina home of a gunshot wound to the head in what appears to be a suicide.

The North Carolina News & Observer reported that police responded to a report late Monday morning of a man lying near a stop sign in the town of Fuquay-Varina.

When police arrived at around 11:00 a.m., they found Owens lying on the sidewalk with a gun nearby.

Just before the incident, the “Bearing Arms” founder, who wrote under the name Bob Owens, left an apparent suicide note on his personal Facebook page.

“In the end, it turns out that I’m not strong,” the message said. “I’m a coward, and a selfish son of a bitch. I’m sorry.”

Neighbor Lanelle Hunter replied to Owens’ last message.

“You don’t know us but we are one of your many neighbors who saw you today and are so incredibly sad that you felt you couldn’t reach out for help,” she wrote. “I weep for your children and wife and entire family whose lives are forever changed and have to endure such horrible pain and loss.”

Nonetheless, police have not ruled out the possibility of foul play.

“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, according to local CBS affiliate WNCN.

According to the bio on his Facebook page, Owens was survived by a wife and family.

“Husband, Father, Son, Brother, crappy shooter who writes a bit about firearms, training, and policy,” the self-effacing description states.

Dan Zimmerman wrote a touching tribute on “The Truth About Guns” website.

“He was a dedicated hoplophile, an avid shooter and a fierce supporter of the right to keep and bear arms,” Zimmerman wrote. “Our condolences go out to his family, friends and co-workers. He will be missed.”

Late last year, NRA TV Live interviewed Owens about a piece he’d written that dispelled a claim by “Everytown” that there had been 203 school shootings since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Owens researched each incident and found that all but 44 were bogus.