One for the Good Guys

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    Texan kills thieves: Hero or homicidal?

    By LIZ AUSTIN PETERSON, Associated Press Writer
    23 minutes ago

    HOUSTON - The cha-chick of a shell entering a shotgun's chamber rattled through the 911 line just before Joe Horn stepped out his front door.

    Horn, 61, had phoned police when he saw two men break into his neighbor's suburban Houston home through a window in broad daylight. Now they were getting away with a bag of loot.

    "Don't go outside the house," the 911 operator pleaded. "You're going to get yourself shot if you go outside that house with a gun. I don't care what you think."

    "You want to make a bet?" Horn answered. "I'm going to kill them."

    He did.

    Admirers, including several of his neighbors, say Horn is a hero for killing the burglars, protecting his neighborhood and sending a message to would-be criminals. Critics call him a loose cannon. His attorney says Horn just feared for his life.

    Prosecuting Horn could prove difficult in Texas, where few people sympathize with criminals and many have an almost religious belief in the right to self-defense. The case could test the state's self-defense laws, which allow people to use deadly force in certain situations to protect themselves, their property and their neighbors' property.

    more ... http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071127/ap_on_re_us/burglary_shooting
     
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    I just heard this morning of a grandmother in a local rural town fending off burglars with a handgun last night. she was alone with her grandkids when someone tried to break in and she got dirty harry on their asses. My town has been going through a crime wave lately. I have a special surprise for a home invader that isn't milk and cookies.
     
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    he saw two men break into his neighbor's suburban Houston home through a window in broad daylight. Now they were getting away with a bag of loot.


    so they were already out of the house and running away with the loot.

    As for me, I wouldn't shoot somebody fleeing in the back, simply over some "loot". I wouldn't take a human life over a DVD player. I don't think Jesus would either.


    If they were in the house, or entering it, or could otherwise could pose an imminent threat, I would be prepared to use lethal force.
     
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    I would. At that point the burglars human life don't mean much. I might not be as quick to shoot to kill but... someone would get leaded. Perhaps the behaviourism would kick in and he'd associate robbing people with pain and totally avoid later crime.


    "I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself a question: Is Stealing a DVD Player worth it? Well, is it, punk?"
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    When George W. Bush got arrested as a college student, for stealing someone's christmas wreath from their property, would a just punishment have been for him to be shot in the back while running away?
     
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    Did Bush break into the house to steal the wreath? Or did he simply take it from the lawn, tree, or door? To compare an act of college mischief to career criminals violating the sanctity of a persons home and stealing what they worked hard to own is not only asinine but intellectually dishonest as well. The two incidents are nowhere close to comparable

    Your dislike, ney, your hatred for Bush is showing.
     
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    I have to agree.

    I don't think bringing up bush helps the argument at all.



    I think there is a HUGE difference between breaking into a house with a criminal motivation and youthful hijinx. Now, some might argue that putting foot on property at all warrants a lethal reaction but I think there is a clear element of personal threat involved with one and not the other. Certainly, if bush held a family hostage while Oceans W'ing the wreath he'd be in danger of a lethal reaction but pranks are not burglary.
     
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    And even pranksters should know they're taking a risk if they decide to steal/trespass/vandalize.

    I think popping off shots at a giggling shadow after hearing sounds on your porch might be a bit extreme.

    But shooting someone who is ransacking your home is a different thing. I'll bet every criminal buddy of those guys rethinks his chosen profession...and the world is now a safer place.
     
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    Welcome to the wild west, 'why I think those engines is actin up, let get us a posse together boys and show dem we are real good guys, you hear now boys.' bang bang u dead....
     
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    Yes, well, at least here you don't get mugged on the street, raped in your apartment, or gunned down in convenience stores.

    Your narrow mindedness/arrogance is showing. Not everyone who lives outside of the metro area is a rube. And your comment below is bigotry. WHich I don't care about, personally, because I hear it all the time. But I like to point it out to others, because the people who are most likely to sink into it are the ones who insist that conservatives and Christians are the bigots, and who think they, as elitist urbanites, should get to tell all us unfortunate, stupid and inbred yahoos what to do.
     

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