Gun Control Proponents Predictably Show Their Ugly Side

It has barely been 24 hours since Bob Owens died and already the anti-gunners have set forth in what I sadly predicted would follow.  They seem to be cherishing in the fact that a Second Amendment rights proponent has taken his own life with a gun.  What kind of a horrible human being does that?  Hell, as a cop, I don’t even do that when a cop shoots a bad guy in a 100% justifiable shooting.

I guess that just shows you the true character of the people who want to take away our rights.

The first example of this that I stumbled upon was Sandy Phillips, whose Twitter account describes her as “Daughter killed in Aurora theater massacre. Speaker on gun violence in America. Opinions are mine. I block Nuts & Bullies” when she Tweeted this:

Apparently, she also blocks people who call her out for being a horrible human being because I was instantly blocked. Then there are lots of folks dragging up a 2013 Daily Kos article about bob, while commenting that he has died.

Then there is this sorry excuse for a human literally celebrating Bob’s death.

Not to be outdone, the real assholes stepped up their game.

And of course, the Violence Policy Center has to chime in in typical anti-gunner heartless fashion.

In their minds, this is a gun epidemic, not a suicide problem.  Despite the fact that there are many countries, even first world countries, where guns are completely illegal to own, yet they still have much higher suicide rates than the US.  The US is in 48th place, and many of the countries higher on the list have far stricter gun laws, if not a total ban on private gun ownership.  In fact, here in the US, while guns do hold 1st place as method of suicide, suffocation holds second, with almost half as many suicides by suffocation.  What is next, calling for rope, belt, string and plastic bag control?  The guns are not the problem, they are but the means. Sadly, as the day progresses, so does the display of human depravity.  If my career has taught me one thing, it is that a great number of people SUCK!  Time to step away from the computer for a bit.

Update: Well, I tried to get away.  Even took the long, twisty route to work on my motorcycle, but when I sat down my notifications on my phone alerted me to the following.

Apparently, calling out a person who is making fun of a person’s death in order to push their political agenda makes me the jerk…

Loss of a Friend and Compatriot


About an hour ago, I was sitting at the dinner table with my wife and kids enjoying a nice meal when I got a message from a friend of mine.  A man with whom I was friends online but had yet to meet in person, a man I respected for his honesty and integrity, a man with whom I shared interests and passions, a man whom I figuratively stood beside in the constant fight to maintain our rights, especially our Second Amendment rights, that man reportedly took his own life today.

Bob2That man was Bob Owens.  He will be greatly missed.

In addition to our rights, he was also an ardent supporter of law enforcement.  He and I often spoke about LE shootings that we were both defending.

I feel like I just got punched in the gut, then kicked in the nuts.

Bob and I had many mutual friends, many of which knew him far better than I.  One of those people is Tim (MAC) here at Full30.  Sadly, I got to be the one to break the news to Tim.

While Tim and I spoke, he immediately started doing the same thing I was already doing; playing back all his recent conversations with Bob to see if there was something he said, something he should have said, or something he missed that Bob said, a clue or hint that could possibly have prevented this horrible event from happening.

One thing I have learned in my 20 years as a cop, unless that person said “I’m going to kill myself” and you failed to act, there is nothing you could have done.  But that does not stop us from second guessing ourselves.  If you find yourself in the same boat, take some solace in knowing that what happened is not our fault.  It was a decision made by a grown adult, a decision I will never pretend to understand.

It is absolutely acceptable to grieve, to be sad or angry.  It is absolutely okay for you (me) to feel what it is we feel.  But it is not okay to blame yourself.  Don’t do it.

I feel absolutely horrible for Bob’s family and for his close friends.  The unexpected loss of a loved one is a very tough thing to deal with, especially when that person took their own life.

But in Bob’s case, I feel even worse for his family and friends because I know what is practically guaranteed to happen as soon as the anti-gun crowd finds out about this incident.  Bob’s poor family will not only have to deal with their loss and their grief, but they are likely to be victimized by the very people who claim to care about people who find themselves in the situation Bob found himself in.  I won’t pretend to know the specifics, but it is apparent that he was facing something that was bad enough in his mind, that death seemed the better option.

On that same line, I feel guilty and angry, because in the back of my head, I am concerned that what happened today is going to be used as ammo by the very people Bob battled on a daily basis in the fight against us.

I’m angry at Bob for giving them that.  I’m angry at myself for being angry with Bob.  I’m sad for his loss.  I’m sad he felt he had no other way out.  I’m angry at myself because even though I know I didn’t, I feel like I must have missed something.  I’m so freaking conflicted.

Suicide freaking sucks!

It victimizes the family and friends of the person who killed themself, and most times it is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

Please, if you are contemplating suicide, reach out to someone for help.

National Suicide Prevention Helpline 1-800-273-8255

To Bob’s family and close friends, please know you have my most sincere condolences.


If you are the giving type, a GoFundMe account has been set up for Bob’s wife and two young daughters.

(This blog post was originally written for Full30 but due to some technical problems, I have been unable to post it there yet.)