Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Great! Good neighbor Joe Horn cleared: "A Texas man who shot and killed two men he suspected of burgling his neighbour's home has been cleared by a grand jury. Joe Horn, 61, shot the two men in November after he saw them crawling out the windows of a neighbour's house in the Houston suburb of Pasadena. Horn called authorities and told the emergency dispatcher he had a shotgun and was going to kill the men. The dispatcher pleaded with him not to go outside, but Horn confronted the men with a 12-gauge shotgun and shot both in the back. "The message we're trying to send today is the criminal justice system works," Harris County district attorney Kenneth Magidson said. Horn's lawyer, Tom Lambright, has said his client believed the two men had broken into his neighbour's home and he shot them only when they came into his yard and threatened him. The suspected burglars, Hernando Riascos Torres, 38, and Diego Ortiz, 30, were unemployed illegal immigrants from Colombia. Torres was deported to Colombia in 1999 after a 1994 cocaine-related conviction. The episode touched off protests from civil rights activists who said the shooting was racially motivated and Horn took the law into his own hands. Horn's supporters defended his actions, saying he was protecting himself and being a good neighbour to a homeowner who was out of town." [I'm guessing that a Texas grand jury was not to disturbed that scum got shot]

California homeowner justified in shooting drunken man: "A 53-year-old San Bernardino homeowner, fearful that he was dealing with a dangerous burglar, was legally justified in killing a drunken man during a 3 a.m. confrontation on the homeowner's front walkway, prosecutors said Thursday. The finding of justifiable homicide means that no criminal charges will be filed against Brad Nielsen for the June 15 slaying of Joshua Munoz, 23, in the Devil Canyon area of northwest San Bernardino. Munoz died of a single gunshot wound to the chest. Nielsen wasn't arrested. "He believed that someone was trying to break into his house," San Bernardino County Supervising Deputy District Attorney Rick Young said. "When he saw (Munoz) near his vehicle, he was justified in confronting him. "Possibly due to his intoxication, the deceased did not respond in a manner to de-escalate the situation but, instead, began approaching the homeowner who -- at gunpoint -- told him several times to stop." Nielsen feared for his safety and the safety of his wife and child, he told police. "He felt that if he let the subject get any closer, they would be in a fight for the gun," Young said by phone. "This tragic homicide was legally justified in self-defense and the defense of others." "He was a kid who drank too much and walked into the wrong yard," Cindy Ledbetter, the mother of Munoz's girlfriend, said earlier. "The whole thing is senseless." Nielsen was awakened by noises, armed himself with a pistol and walked outside to investigate, police have said."

Oregon homeowner shoots suspected prowlers: "Police say a man claiming to be protecting his property shot two people Thursday night in northeast Portland. The incident began about 10:30 p.m. when the police said a homeowner claimed he heard someone trying to break into his RV, which was parked at his home near the 1400 block of Northeast Marine Drive. When police arrived they said the homeowner had apparently shot the suspected prowlers with a shotgun, hitting a man in the hand. The suspect was not seriously hurt but had some shotgun pellets lodged in his hand. He was transported to the hospital. A woman with the man was treated at the hospital but the nature of her wounds was not specified. Both were treated, released and arrested. Delisa Petersen, 21, and Gary Miller, 37, were charged with one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The man who shot them was not charged. According to police, the homeowner fired one round into the air as he attempted to stop the suspects. The man then fired a second round at one of the suspects as they approached him in a threatening way, police said."

More guns, less crime revisited: "There is no such thing as gun control. There are laws that prevent or make it more difficult for people to obtain guns, but those laws only apply to those who choose to obey them. Criminals, who by their very nature do not obey the law, are not affected by so-called 'gun control.' The Liberty Belles and gun rights supporters everywhere have been repeating this point like a mantra for years. And yet, unbelievably, there are many who still don't get it. A recent 'man on the street' interview in Washington D.C. by CNS News revealed just how pervasive the anti-gun mentality remains to this day. Amazingly, the people interviewed failed to recognize that the benefits of firearm ownership far outweighs the negatives. One interviewee cited the fact that a few people buy guns legally in Virginia and sell them illegally in New York. He failed to recognize, however, that crime is much lower in Virginia where guns are legal and that 'gun control' laws in New York have no effect on criminals. In fact, 'gun control' is the reason that crime is high in cities like Washington D.C. and New York. Criminals know that people in D.C. and New York cannot and will not defend themselves."

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