People's homes still their castle
Yesterday's refusal to indict Joe Horn who shot and killed two men who were burglarizing his neighbor's home has already been noted for the media response it provoked. But the decision itself reaffirmed a right akin to the Second Amendment.
"I've got a shotgun; you want me to stop him?" Horn asked the dispatcher."Nope. Don't do that," the dispatcher replied. "Ain't no property worth shooting somebody over, OK?"Horn was clearly upset by the dispatcher's response."I'm not gonna let them get away with it," he said. "I can't take a chance getting killed over this, OK."Despite the dispatcher's protects, Horn said, "I'm gonna shoot! I'm gonna shoot!"The 911 dispatcher warned Horn to stay inside at least a dozen separate times, telling him, "An officer is coming out there. I don't want you to go outside that house."Then Horn sounding angrier by the moment cited the new Texas law."OK, but I have a right to protect myself too, sir," he said. "And you understand that. And the laws have been changed in this country since September the first, and you know it and I know it."
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.
"This man took the law into his own hands," she said. "He shot two individuals in the back after having been told over and over to stay inside. It was his choice to go outside and his choice to take two lives."