Some will pull the gun because they want to be stars
Snatching up your life into the blink of an eye
It’s a common practice in gangs, cartels or mafias of any country that to become a “made” man you have to kill someone. Being “made” offers more opportunities for promotions, wealth and power (making you a star of sorts), so people young and old will do whatever violence necessary to obtain that stardom.
Alternatively Monáe could be talking about some random psycho who wants to be famous for a murder spree or something similar.
The person on the other end of that gun is screwed either way.
To help improve the meaning of these lyrics, visit "Dance or Die" by Janelle Monae (Ft. Saul Williams) Lyrics and leave a comment on the lyrics box