“Deplorable” Gun Rights Activist Dies - of Gunshot Wound
One of the most infuriating strands of reality-denial promulgated by RWNJs is that guns are an absolute good.
There is no situation, no school, bar, dance recital, mental institution, nursery school or construction site that couldn’t be made SO MUCH BETTER if only there were moar gunz!!! on the premises.
This, despite the clear evidence that guns are mostly used either by depressed people to shoot themselves in the head, or crazyangry people to shoot their cowering spouses. Well, I say “clear evidence,” but the NRA has done literally everything in its power to ensure that there is AS LITTLE DATA AS POSSIBLE to objectively measure what it means in terms of safety to have a society awash in gunsGUNSGUNS!
So yeah, the Gods Of Irony were, of course listening, Bob Owens, of the gun-fetishist site Bearing Arms and one of the foremost proponents of utterly unregulated ownership of firearms was found dead of a gunshot wound.
Initial indications are that he committed suicide, as he posted a final message on his Facebook page of the type that those of us acquainted with suicidal ideation recognize all too well as a “Farewell, I’m going to off myself now” cry for help.
“In the end, it turns out I’m not strong. … I’m sorry,” the post said.
On Sunday, Owens had posted about an upcoming deadline for a book he was writing.
“Three days left and 10,000 more words to finish ‘The Deplorables Guide to Guns.’ I got this,” he wrote.
Bearing Arms, HotAir and several other websites are part of a company called Townhall Media Group, which is associated with the Christian conservative broadcasting and online media company Salem Media Group.
Meanwhile, over at HotAir, they are still pushing the line that GUNS ARE GOOD with a graphic showing that Republicans are owning more & more gunz, while liberal democrats are not.
Their conclusion? This is a good thing, because if society ever collapses, all those gun-owning RWNJs will be better prepared to genocide the liberal scum.
But returning to the root cause for this shift, it does raise an interesting question. The total number of guns in the country is either holding steady or slowing growing. But the percentage of liberals who own them is dropping precipitously. If things really do go to hell in a handbasket entirely at some point, who do you suppose is going to stand the best chance of survival?
Of course, the evidence is that until that day … the ownership of guns is actually going to kill the RWNJs, via self-inflicted gunshot wounds, road rage incidents, domestic violence, etc. etc.
I’ve known of Owens since the early days of the right-wingnutosphere, when he wrote at Confederate Yankee. He has a family. That family is now devastated. The messages from his wife are heartbreaking. He was obviously suffering from depression and mental illness.
And he had easy access to a gun.