A cosplayer with a trick sword is walking to a noodle place, he’s just been at the con. He’s shot in the back six times.

Hey, says the cop — how was I to know it wasn’t a real sword?

A kid with a trick sword is walking down the street, on the way to see his buddies. He’s shot in the back six times.

Hey, says the cop — how was I to know he wasn’t a real threat?

A man with a replica sword is crossing between blocks. He’s shot in the back six times.

Hey, says the cop — how was I to know whether he’d go crazy with that thing?

A martial artist with a finely honed sword is standing by the hotdog stand. Wind blows a newspaper onto the blade — the two halves fall. The sword is sharp as a blue suede shoe. He’s shot in the back six times.

Hey, says the cop — he could have lunged at anyone.

The Red Skull has three hundred orphans in a net, he’s got them dangling over a pit of acid. He’s shot in the back six times.

Hey, says Captain America, he could have dropped those babies at any minute. So I shot him in the back six times.

Who the fuck shoots anyone in the back six times?

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