Joe Horn, the Pasadena, Texas man who shot two burglers leaving a neighbor’s home with a bag full of cash, was eventually cleared by a Grand Jury. (I wish I could link to an article from my local paper, the Houston Chronicle, but although they published several opinion pieces by goblin supporter Lisa Flakenberg, their archive did not return any articles about the Grand Jury’s decision. I did find such a link on another Horn story, but it returned a “file not found” error. Gosh, it’s almost as if the Chron doesn’t want you to know Horn was cleared….)
I just ran across video of the police interviewing Horn the night of the incident, as he walks them through his house and yard at Chris’ Simple Musings from a Guy with Guns. The Chron does have this video on their website, but I can’t find a way to link directly to it there.
Here’s a link if the embed doesn’t work for you.
Two things stand out for me:
- Horn is visibly upset as he describes the shooting. He is not proud of having taken lives.
- The goblins were right there in his yard as he came out his front door. He did not chase them down, nor did he shoot them on his neighbor’s property.
Falkenberg’s ignorant ranting aside, this is not a case of a bag full of cash being worth human lives. It’s a case of the people being safe and secure in their homes being worth lives. If anyone decided the stolen goods were worth lives, it was the goblins involved — they just didn’t expect that it would be their lives.
(Also, see Chris’ comments on keeping your mouth shut while talking to the police. I admit, though, that in this case it doesn’t seem to have hurt Horn’s case.)