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.
“Obama’s not taking away guns,” Hudson said to one couple. “He just wants semi-automatic rifles off the street.”
It’s extremely unlikely Congress will go along. Many say gun control hurts law-abiding citizens and does little to stop bad guys.
The president might drop his “assault-weapons” proposal if Congress agrees to close the so-called “gun-show loophole,” which can allow people to buy arms without a background check.
But Republicans in Congress are likely to stop that, too.
Asked the day before the gun show if universal background checks are needed for any gun purchase, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio suggested he was opposed.