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Joe Horn Gets Away With It

There is not much one can add at this point to discussion of the Joe Horn case.

Mr. Horn is the Pasadena, Texas resident who last year shot and killed two men after they robbed a neighbor’s home. He shot them in the back.

People aware of the issue know how they feel about the matter. Views on this question have been set in stone for many months now.

A Harris County grand jury yesterday decided not to indict Mr. Horn for any crime at all.

Many readers at the Houston Chronicle expressed satisfaction with this decision on the Chronicle’s online forums.

By satisfaction I mean they were downright glad Mr. Horn had killed the two men.

The two men were Hispanic illegal immigrants. 

It does not require much imagination to guess what some were saying.

There is a widely circulated picture of Mr. Horn that in some eyes may make him look like some type of stereotypical rube. 

I never run that picture on this blog because I feel it is sometimes used to say, “Look at this guy–Of course he shot two people of color.”

As we saw with the grand jury yesterday, and as we see in the crime news that bombards us each day in Houston and in this entire metro region, tolerance for cold blooded killing is widespread and fits no profile of appearance, gender or skin color.

Mr. Horn had the option to stay in his home, as he was advised to do by the 911 operator, and not kill anybody.

He took another course and killed two fellow human beings.

I don’t believe in karma.

I don’t believe in hell.

He just got away with it.  

July 1, 2008 - Posted by | Houston, Texas | , ,

18 Comments »

  1. Thank God that he didn’t choose the easy way by staying in.

    Comment by 4hournotice | July 1, 2008

  2. Yeah, he got away with it alright. Joe Horn is a cold-blooded killer and the people of Texas should be ashamed of this grand juries action. If there is a hell Horn’s got a reservation waiting.

    Comment by DP | July 2, 2008

  3. I’m not sure if he will go to hell. That’s really mean.

    The other thing that I was going to say was that a lot of people make a deal out of this whole race card, you know because the 2 crooks were black columbians and joe horn is white. to me it doesn’t make sense that if a man is so racist that he kills 2 blacks in order to protect some vietnamese immigrant’s property.

    but then again it would make sense if he’s just racist against blacks but cool with asians. who knows.

    Comment by 4hournotice | July 2, 2008

  4. He killed two people when he did not have to and got away with it.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 2, 2008

  5. if you can see that the killings were unnecessary i’m sure you can now appreciate that the man was not a racist.

    Comment by 4hournotice | July 2, 2008

  6. I just know he killed two people when he could have picked another course.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 2, 2008

  7. he’s a killer but not a racist one so at least he’s not twice as bad.

    Comment by 4hournotice | July 2, 2008

  8. I’ve been wanting to comment on this, but most of the other blogs are, well let’s just say a bit to the right. I’m appalled by what most Texans are saying. Seems most have the facts wrong too, they feel he was “justified,” by what he did. Most say, he had no choice. Most certainly he did have a choice, and GMA’s Diane Sawyer said to him, the 911 operator told him 13 times to stay in the house. He “chose” not to. He said he was supposed to keep and eye on the intruders. Heck fire, unless he’s a licensed officer, he has no “duty” to keep an eye on them. He should have called 911, left it at that, and stayed inside. He could have used a video recorder, then, I would have felt he was a hero. Most say, they would have gotten away and gotten away with the crime, that may be, but we all know, they would eventually have messed up. And yes, maybe someone else may have been a victim, but it’s not up to Joe to be the judge, jury and executioner. We have become the Texas of the old west. I’m going to now fear someone may take it upon themselves now to shoot first and ask questions later…again.

    Just my two cents.

    Comment by Texas Education | July 3, 2008

  9. Look if more people did what Mr. Horn did maybe life long criminals would consider a different path. Criminals walk into neighbors houses in day light knowing even if someone sees them and calls the cops by the time the cops come they will have made way with 1000’s of dollars. THis obviously isn’t racially motivated it was out of frustration of petty theives everyone wishes they had a joe horn as a neighbor, thank god we didn’t convict him. A cop would have reacted in a similar way if you ignore orders.

    Comment by Rj | July 4, 2008

  10. My name is Brenda Evans and I am a reporter for the newspaper, The Pasadena Citizen in Pasadena, Texas.

    I had the opportunity to meet with Pasadena citizen, Joe Horn, on Monday, July 7, 2008 at the home he resides in Pasadena, Texas, where the “controversial shooting incident” took place.

    The story I wrote after that interview came out in our Wednesday, July 9, 2008 issue of our paper, The Pasadena Citizen.

    During my interview with Horn, I was impressed with this man’s sincerity and truthfulness. He is a shy man and anybody would see that he is just a regular guy who was pulled into a bad situation. I had the strong impression that this could have been anybody, my dad, your dad, you or me.

    In the story on the web at http://www.thepasadenacitizen.com, there are some photos I took of Joe standing in the same spot he stood when the two men were warned to stop. I also had the opportunity to go upstairs with Joe and see the two windows he looked out while the two men were burglarizing his neighbor’s house. I took some photos looking down through these window blinds to show how close Joe was to them as he was an eyewitness to their break in. I posted them with my story as well. They are in the photo gallery of that story.

    I was impressed with this extremely kind, gentle man and I also found Joe Horn to be credible and truthful. He is a loving father, grandfather and protector of his family.

    Sincerely,

    Brenda Evans

    Comment by Brenda Evans | July 9, 2008

  11. Brenda—I’m going to guess you wrote a favorable article about Mr. Horn.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 11, 2008

  12. you can not pull the trigger on someone and shoot them in the back and say they are shy and nice. he was some pissed off redneck with a gun and took the law in his own hands.

    we get robbed everyday by insurance companies, gas stations, but it does not give us the right to shoot people in the back. as far as the police go they do not normally shoot people in the back though it does happen.

    everyones sick of crime but we refuse to treat the root just the leaves.

    Comment by bill brady | July 13, 2008

  13. Bill–Right on.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 13, 2008

  14. Joe Horn is guilty of, if not at least murder, manslaughter. However, this act, as pointed out in Ms. Evans’ story, was premeditated. He did not have a weapon yet sought one out. The weapon was not loaded until he determined he was going to kill someone that day. It must have been a rush for him. He was never in any imminent danger.
    Hopefully, the families of those involved will call for a more intense criminal investigation and then they file a civil case against Horn. Thanks to Ms. Evans for introducing new facts which were not made public previously.

    Comment by ronn | July 15, 2008

  15. Ms. Evans (reporter)…you were so impressed with Joe Horn and found him credible and truthful…Are you playing judge and jury too just like Horn? It’s so easy, predictable too, for him to present himself as Mr. goody-two-shoes, nice granpa next door after the damage is done. If he valued life and a was a good person, he would have not chosen deadly confrontation (choice to kill) when we all know that he didn’t have to. I hope his consience eats away at him for the rest of his rotten life. These two Afro-latino men should be in jail and facing charges and deportation, not in their graves. Questin: Had Mr. Horn confronted to White Pasadena teens, would he have made they same choice? We all know the answer to that one. You cannot ignore the element of racism in this and similar stories by citezens like Horn and gun-happy cops we have in Texas.

    Comment by Jaime | August 1, 2008

  16. I support Joe Horn and the 2nd amendment 100% All you communist liberals who oppose guns and property ownership can go live in Cuba or China while there’s still communism left. Joe Horn is a hero for killing these criminals. The police always do nothing about it and whenever a murderer or criminal is condemned the liberals always come out and support the wrong side just like that black murderer tookie williams.

    Liberals are brain dead little children. The people on this forum who support the criminals should also be shot.

    Comment by mainestategop | August 12, 2008

  17. Anybody that says they would not want a neighbor to do the same is lying from their teeth.

    People that commit crimes shouldn’t have rights, because they’re most certainly infringing on someone else’s by breaking into homes, stealing, vandalizing, etc.

    Comment by chuckles | December 14, 2008

  18. Two more less thugs that will be robbing, stealing, murdering and raping. It’s not the color of their skin, its the intention in their heart. They made the mistake and knew the risk and they paid the price. It wasnt the color of their skin that got them killed it was what they where doing. I am Hispanic I believe no one should be able to rob you then walk away if you can prevent it. ADIOS COCK A ROACHES.

    Comment by JRegal | March 17, 2009


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