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January 20, 2013

High prices, Obama-noia at Miami gun show

The Miami gun-show line stretched 200 people long. Many blamed President Barack Obama.

This is what the president’s gun-control talk has wrought: long waits to get into gun shows, higher firearm and ammunition prices and more paranoia.

The word “Obama” was frequently mumbled, muttered, hissed, cursed at Saturday’s Southern Classic Gun and Knife Show.

“Obama” was a catch-all word, a gun-rights shibboleth of sorts, a no-longer-shocking swear, a conversation starter.

To Calvin Hudson, a Miami Gardens resident bargain-hunting at the Miami-Dade fairgrounds firearms bazaar, the Obama-blaming was a sign people were being fooled into paying more in a firearms market panic.

“The industry is getting people all scared of Obama so they can kill us with some of these prices,” Hudson said.

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Tax breaks flow to gun manufacturers, violent films and games

What do violent video games, gory movies and high-powered assault weapons have in common?

They have all been blamed for tragic mass shootings, including last month’s at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. — and are all subsidized by Florida taxpayers.

With Florida’s tax code more business-friendly in recent years, economic incentives and tax breaks have flowed to companies and industries currently under fire for their roles in America’s gun violence.

Meanwhile, the state has cut funding for mental healthcare and school safety programs, two areas at the forefront of the national gun-control debate.

While it has become more difficult and expensive to access mental healthcare in Florida, it is getting easier and cheaper to obtain high-powered weapons.

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Colt Manufacturing $1.6 million subsidy
Adams Arms $208,8000
Kel Tec CNC $14,675
Violent movies/TV  
Pain & Gain $4.2 million
Parker $424,820
I am Number 4 Amount unknown
Spring Breakers $814,695
Burn Notice $11.4 million (2011/12)
Alguien te Mira $1.1 million
Video games  
Electronic Arts (Medal of Honor, other games) $9.1 million
Digital Domain (Assassin’s Creed, Halo) $135 million
n-Space (Call of Duty 3: Modern Warfare) $126,206
Mental health funding vetoes  
Seminole Behavioral Health $350.000
345 8 Pinellas Receiving Facility $250,000
Baptist Health Care Lakeview Center $1.5 million
Manatee Glens County Crisis Stabilization $750,000
Indigent Psychiatric Medication Program $500,000