You’re standing in a gun-free zone.
Thus, you are quite without defenses.
Your vital organs ought to groan
with fear. Oh, good: your belly tenses!
The first wild guy to break the rules
will rule the area completely
and see no cause to spare the fools
who kneel or cringe, then beg him sweetly.
In other places, it’s not so.
The criminal who sends lead flying
has no assurance that his show
will be as clear and satisfying
as he has planned beyond all doubt.
Another guy can take him out.