“Are you just going stand here and allow all of those protesters to congregate right outside of our store?” the worried clerk said.
“What am I supposed to do?” Saul asked. “They have a right to congregate, don’t they?”
Looking worried, the clerk asked, “But what if they get violent and start throwing bricks through our shop window?”
“They’re loud but peaceful, so far, anyway,” Saul responded.
The clerk was not persuaded. “Do you have a gun, just in case?”
“Seriously?” Saul said. “That’s what they’re protesting about. There’s too much gun violence in this country and our representatives in Congress are too cowardly to do anything about it except to offer their useless thoughts and prayers every time there’s yet another mass shooting.”
“Americans have the right to bear arms,” the clerk said.
“True,” said Saul. “But military style, semiautomatic assault rifles? I don’t think so. And what about that well-regulated militia part?”
“Shit,” the clerk said. “Look at the cops. They’re outfitted like storm troopers.”
The tear gas canisters were tossed, shots were fired, and the riot broke out.
Written for today’s one-word prompt, “congregate.”