Now this is the right kind of social justice. Grand jury clears Texas hero Joe Horn in the killing of two pieces of street trash.
In the Lone Star state, where the six-gun tamed the frontier, shooting bad guys is a time-honored tradition, and Horn’s case centered on a Texas state law based on the old idea that “a man’s home is his castle.” The “castle law” gives Texans unprecedented legal authority to use deadly force in their homes, vehicles and workplaces. And no longer do they have an obligation to retreat, if possible, before they shoot.
“I understand the concerns of some in the community regarding Mr. Horn’s conduct,” Harris County District Attorney Kenneth Magidson told reporters at the courthouse. “The use of deadly force is carefully limited in Texas law to certain circumstances. … In this case, however, the grand jury concluded that Mr. Horn use of deadly force did not rise to a criminal offense.”
It’s a rare thing that we have a reason to celebrate our justice system, but Texas got this one right. Read the whole thing if you don’t know the story of Mr. Horn and his kick-ass shotgun.
In other unexpected news from the bench, a Chattanooga Judge actually spoke words of common sense last Friday, in recommending that a crime victim “arm herself” due to Chattanooga’s increasing crime rate.
He told a woman who had been pulled from her car and beaten in the head that she or her mother needed to “purchase a weapon, obtain a gun permit and learn to protect yourself.” The woman moved back in with her mother after the May 4 incident on E. 17th Street.
Judge Moon said, “The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that all citizens have a right to purchase a weapon to defend themselves, their families and their homes – unless there is some disqualification that prevents them from owning a weapon.”
That’s good advice no matter where you live. The cops are there to take pictures and collect evidence. Make sure it’s the perp’s blood they’re mopping up and not yours.