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RIP Bob Owens
« on: May 09, 2017, 09:54:32 AM »
Bob Owens, editor at bearingarms.com, has passed.  He formerly blogged as Confederate Yankee.

https://bearingarms.com/jenn-j/2017/05/09/we-are-diminished/

http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017/05/08/bob-owens-friend-may-rest-peace/

He was 46.
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    Re: RIP Bob Owens
    « Reply #1 on: May 09, 2017, 10:15:18 AM »
    I just read one of his articles about the Springfield Armory/Rock River thing a few days ago.   
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    Re: RIP Bob Owens
    « Reply #2 on: May 09, 2017, 02:11:07 PM »
    We were going to do lunch Saturday.   He was a good guy.   
    I don't understand why he decided to take his own life.   He had a book 95% done... he had a lot of friends... He had a lot to live for.
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    Re: RIP Bob Owens
    « Reply #3 on: May 09, 2017, 05:12:11 PM »
    We were going to do lunch Saturday.   He was a good guy.   
    I don't understand why he decided to take his own life.   He had a book 95% done... he had a lot of friends... He had a lot to live for.
    Those of us left may never understand the demons they** faced, and ultimately lost to.  It's said a human can last more than three weeks without food, approximately four days without water, but not a moment without hope.  He apparently lost hope, however briefly, of ever getting better.




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    Re: RIP Bob Owens
    « Reply #4 on: May 09, 2017, 05:27:49 PM »
    Those of us left may never understand the demons they** faced, and ultimately lost to.  It's said a human can last more than three weeks without food, approximately four days without water, but not a moment without hope.  He apparently lost hope, however briefly, of ever getting better.




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    Re: RIP Bob Owens
    « Reply #5 on: May 10, 2017, 12:30:31 PM »
    I want to say something here; I know before I start that I don't have the words.  I've seen quite a bit of depression over the years -- seems to run in the family -- and it's something most could not begin to imagine without having seen it first-hand.

    This blog post brings out a bit of it:

    https://thelibertyzone.us/2017/05/09/on-losing-hope-2/

    And this response to that post makes it clearer:

    My head still tells me its not worth it but I go on. I’ve had people tell me, “You know what you are feeling isn’t true. You know you are a good person.”

    Sorry, but that doesn’t work. I know what I feel is true and that I’m not a good person. Telling me what I should know doesn’t work. My mind says, “If you really knew me you would see me for the terrible person I am.” I have felt a physical weight pressing me into the floor or bed.

    A better way to talk to counter my internal thoughts is to say what you think of me. “I know you’re a good person. I know you are valuable to me.” This does seem to pull me out of my own thoughts by giving me a different perspective. I don’t know if that would have helped Bob.

    Even writing this, my thoughts tell me that it’s stupid and no one should care about what I have to say. But maybe you can help someone else by talking to them in that way.

    I’ll go to sleep and wake up tomorrow and go on with this. Hopefully one day I can have the miracle of coming out of this.



    That's someone who's found the resolve to just wait out another sunrise -- which may bring a different perspective -- but there seems to come a point for too many where even the thought of another sunrise is unbearable.  Most of the people I've known who suffer from this level of depression are very good at keeping it hidden, and the vast majority of us would never suspect they'd be carrying this.  To those people, the thought of opening up that dark pit to someone else, even a close friend, is unimaginable.  Once it's buried that deep, it's something that remains a deep dark secret.  As the blogger linked above says:

    "Turning to another human being and taking the offered hand takes an immeasurable amount of courage. Allowing your lifeline to rise again takes an incalculable amount of will power."


    It takes that courage and will because it's like splitting yourself down the middle and opening up all your most hidden and vulnerable parts to public view.  How easy would that be for you to do?  Even those who seem to come to terms with it are still, sooner or later, faced with that impenetrable blackness, and for that moment see no hope, no future, no sunrise.  From my limited perspective, it would seem that just having the will to wait out that one more sunrise is the first step, and at that point help just might be acceptable.

    I know I'm rambling a bit, sorry.  It's a difficult thing to describe from the outside.  Y'all have a better day.
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    Re: RIP Bob Owens
    « Reply #6 on: May 11, 2017, 01:51:38 AM »
    Thanks for sharing that.  I would not have found it otherwise.  I am fortunate enough to have never faced such a thing either in myself or a loved one so it is something of a mystery to me.   :hmm
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    Re: RIP Bob Owens
    « Reply #7 on: May 11, 2017, 03:00:02 PM »
    I am fortunate enough to have never faced such a thing either in myself or a loved one so it is something of a mystery to me.   :hmm

    May it be ever so.  No one should ever have to deal with such tragedy.  Unfortunately, many must.
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