Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 6:14 p.m.
For most people, putting out signs on Election Day means touting the politician of their choice. At Johnson Firearms in Wynwood, however, it means selling guns. But that's not to say there's nothing political about it.
"Ever since the second debate, when [Obama] mentioned the assault rifle ban, people have been coming in here and buying guns like crazy," said one Johnson Firearms employee who did not want to be quoted by name.
Gun sales have skyrocketed across the country in recent months. If Obama is re-elected tonight, it could even bigger business for Miami gun stores... and more firearms in a state already jam-packed with them.
"We're in the middle of a gun boom," said the Johnson Firearms employee. "Part of it's politics. Part of it is the whole 2012 Mayan/zombie apocalypse thing."
"You've got to be prepared," he added, smiling and pointing at a calendar with a picture of a zombie eating someone's brain. "And when you've got a guy like this, who hates guns and hates freedom, it's no surprise business is good."
Across the country, manufacturers and vendors are preparing to sell firearms like hotcakes if Barack Obama is re-elected today. Needless to say, a win by Mittens wouldn't do Miami gun shops nearly as much good.
"If Mitt Romney is elected and there's no perceived threat on the freedom to own guns, people might decide to spend disposable income on things like outerwear instead," Joe Arterburn, a spokesman for outdoor gear retailer Cabela, told the Wall Street Journal last month
But not everyone inside Johnson Firearms this afternoon came out of fear that an unrestrained Obama second term would steal their guns.
Raul Arcia was filling out the form to buy a brand new M5, a gun that looked like it belonged more in Halo 5 than in someone's actual house.
"Everyone should have a gun," he said, cradling the deadly, matte black beauty. "I'm just addicted to this shit."
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