Behind the Scenes: Justification

by - March 05, 2012

It's one thing to write a story about criminals doing bad things to people.

It's something completely different to write a story about criminals doing bad things to people you know.

It's not that the first situation doesn't affect you. It's more along the lines that it's easier to detach yourself from a story that's about strangers.

I've written countless stories about home invasions, but never have I written about a home invasion involving someone I know. That makes it so much realer.

Contrary to popular belief, we don't like covering stories like this. We would much rather talk about puppies, butterflies and babies.

But when I do have to include this type of story, it's satisfying to learn that the intended victims didn't roll over and let themselves be taken advantage of. They fought back and saved themselves. Yes, they have scars and will probably have nightmares for a long, long time, but they are alive and relatively uninjured.

It's stories like those that justify my owning a gun and knowing how to use it and use it well. You just can't trust people anymore.

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  1. home invasion stories are terrifying!

    i got home the other night and noticed the garage light was on. i haven't been in that gargage (detached from the house) in YEARS. literally. i went inside and grabbed my billy club, took a deep breath and went to check it out. i thought maybe a homeless person was hanging out in the garage, or a thief. turns out it was stupid nosy landlord, and she forgot to shut off the light.

    coulda been a worse ending, but the thought of an intruder in your home is so upsetting!

  2. I still want a pink one!