Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

Jake Brewer, RIP

Written By: Bob - Sep• 20•15

My Townhall Media colleague Mary Katharine Ham is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.  She was fortunate enough to meet her match  in a wonderful young man, Jake Brewer. They were wed in 2011.

MK and Jake have an adorable daughter, and another child on the way.

Jake was tragically lost yesterday as he participated in a charity bike ride to raise funds for cancer research.

Eloquent even in grief, Mary Katharine posted the following statement to her Instagram account today.

We lost our Jake yesterday, and I lost part of my heart and the father of my sweet babies. I don’t have to tell most of you how wonderful he was. It was self-evident. His life was his testimony, and it was powerful and tender and fierce, with an ever-present twinkle in the eye. I will miss him forever, even more than I can know right now. No arms can be her father’s, but my daughter is surrounded by her very favorite people and all the hugs she could imagine. This will change us, but with prayer and love and the strength that is their companion, we can hope our heartache is not in vain– that it will change us and the world in beautiful ways, just as he did. If that sounds too optimistic at this time, it’s because it is. But there was no thought too optimistic for Jake, so take it and run with it. I will strive and pray not to feel I was cheated of many years with him, but cherish the gift of the years I had. In a life where nothing is guaranteed, Jake made the absolute, ever-lovin’ most of his time with all of us. This is a family picture we took a couple weeks ago. It was taken because Jake, as always, was ready with a camera and his immense talent. All four members of our little, growing family are in it. I can never be without him because these babies are half him. They are made of some of the strongest, kindest stuff God had to offer this world. Please pray that he can see us and we’ll all make him proud. God, I love him. Psalm 34:18, Philippians 1:3

A photo posted by Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammertime) on

Please pray for the Ham and Brewer families, and most especially Mary Katharine and their children.

The Jake Brewer Memorial Education Fund has been established, with the goal of ensuring that Jake and Mary Katharine’s toddler daughter Georgia and the baby who is on the way will have money set aside for college.

It’s going to be incredibly difficult for Mary Katharine to deal with the stresses of raising two small children without Jake being present, but if we can hit the $200,000 goal to ensure that their education provided for, that would be one less concern for them.

Thank you.

Home Defense On A Budget

Written By: Bob - Aug• 16•15

Reid Henrichs of Valor Ridge has produced an excellent “home defense on a budget” video that I hope people take the time to watch.

A lot of people get caught up in the “tacticool” arms race of expensive, high-end gear, and I’m certainly no exception. The fact of the matter remains that not everyone who wants to purchase a firearm for home defense is a “gun nut” who thoroughly enjoys firearms and shooting. Some folks want a “just in case” gun.

I’m fairly decent with a pump shotgun, though I’m a bit out of practice in using them.

Most of the killing I’ve done in my life has been with a pump shotgun, either my father’s Savage 12 gauge, or various Remington 870s or Mossberg 500s, like the 500 you didn’t see me kill a deer with on the Sportsman’s Channel recently on Destination Whitetail, where my Townhall colleague Katie Pavlich was the featured hunter.

A pump shotgun is an excellent tool… if you learn to use it properly. It’s also easy to induce a malfunction in one under stress.

Several times I’ve seen people “short stroke” a shotgun and jam it when “buck fever” takes over while hunting. I’ve also seen people hit the bolt release at an inopportune time, unloking the bolt and causing the gun to go “click” instead of “bang.” These things are embarrassing while hunting. The stakes are much higher in a self-defense scenario.

I know I’m probably stating what is obvious to some, but I’m going to say it again: Whatever firearm you get for self-defense, get professional training from a professional instructor in its use.

Professional training on your weapon is sometimes more expensive than the cost of your firearm, but if you have the choice between a $700 shotgun and “training” with your friends, or spending $300 and 400 on a weekend’s training class with a professional, take the lower-priced weapon in conjunction with professional training every time.

Buying expensive tools doesn’t make you a competent shooter anymore than buying an expensive sports car makes you a competent race car driver.

Training makes the shooter.

Mr. Henrichs consistently shows in his other videos that premium training matters more than premium equipment and he does serious work with common firearms.

We live in a wonderful time for shooters where reliable (if not flashy) firearms can be had at very reasonable prices, and where their is a renaissance in firearms training, and world-class instructors are available within driving distance for almost everyone.

Take advantage of it all.

Pimpin’ The Hoard

Written By: Bob - Dec• 14•14

I know I hardly ever post here anymore, but I did want to pass along a suggestion if you are interested in buying a gun online.

Dennis Badurina of Dragon Leatherworks makes great custom holsters and gun belts, but he’s expanded into become an FFL as well.

If you’re interested in buying a gun and want to support an American small businessman who is also very nice guy, please give the Dragon’s Hoard online gun store a look.


Black lives don’t matter

Written By: Bob - Dec• 11•14

[I had originally posted this as a comment to an news article about an absurd “Hand Up, Don’t Shoot” protest at my alma mater, East Carolina University, covered by WITN. The good little progressive censors at WITN didn’t appreciate my polite if forceful views, and deleted it. It’s replicated here for my edification.]

Black lives don’t matter.

If they did, people would be rioting to burn down Planned Parenthood locations, which have been intentionally located in minority neighborhoods since the group’s racist founder Margaret Sanger decided that it was the easiest way to exterminate them. In 1922 she said:

“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

They’ve been wildly successful. New York City aborted more black babies than were born alive in 2013.

Black lives don’t matter.

Black women having abortions are the most prolific serial killers of blacks, murdering 10,000-1 more than cops.

Black lives don’t matter.

Black-on-black violence accounts for thousands of murders every year and hundreds of thousands of assaults… but you pretend that a handful of incidents involving police is where the problem lies?

Black lives don’t matter.

In hip-hop culture, women are degraded as nothing more than sexual conquests, criminality is celebrated, and education, family and hard, honest work is not just ignored, but spat upon.

Black lives don’t matter.

If black lives did matter, they’d rebel against the toxins in their own culture that account for the vast majority of violence, poverty, and death, instead of celebrating “thug life.”

Black lives don’t matter. At least, they don’t matter unless they’re killed by a white cop as they commit crimes, and then everyone loses their fool minds.

Black lives matter?

Your actions day in and day out when there isn’t someone else to scapegoat say otherwise.
But it is easier to put on a song and dance and say, “hands up, don’t shoot” and go back to listening to Jay Z and Tupac and refusing to actually do anything to change a toxic culture that taught Trayvon that it is okay to try to beat a “creepy a** cracker” to death because he thought he was being followed, or for Michael Brown to attempt to murder a cop, or for Eric Garner to collect government benefits and sell illegal cigarettes because he was–in his wife’s words–too lazy to get a job.

Black lives matter?

Show us, don’t tell us.

Maybe when you start acting like you believe it yourselves, the rest of the world will take you seriously.


Written By: Bob - Jun• 02•14

A JDAM is big enough that they can strap Bowe to one side and his pro-terrorist father Bob to the other. They can then “drop in” on their friends just as soon as the Air Force can book the flight.