I first met him at the NRA convention. I will never forget standing with him and Alan Gura, and getting totally lost listening to them discuss various federal gun cases and constitutional law. And this was after he told me he didn’t even have any law background. He was a big brutish looking guy, but like most guys that size he was kind and gentle, but Newbius was also as smart as they came.
In Pittsburg I was in his hotel room when we got word Osama Bin Laden had been killed by the Navy SEALS.
What’s really eerie about all of this was I got a phone call from him on Saturday while I was up on Wally’s roof. The phone was in my truck, he didn’t leave a message. Since I’m heading down to Virginia tomorrow I was going to return the call and hopefully get a chance to meet up with him and his lovely wife, maybe meet his kids I’d never met, but he spoke the world of.
I’ve just been busy with work, and packing, and preparing to leave I assumed I could just call him later.
How wrong could I have been? My heart goes out to his family. He touched so many hearts, and touched them deeply even in brief encounters. He was a good man, and will be sorely missed.