Because freedom. Or something:
“There’s a lot of panic buying when Democrats are in power, and a lot of it is driven by the NRA and the gun press,” said convention exhibitor Steve Johnston, a manager at Graf’s Reloading, a gun and ammo shop in St. Charles, Missouri. “But then after a while [following] the election, people start to get depressed and think, ‘Oh wait, I don’t really need three AR-15’s. I need to pay for food.'”
Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘guns and butter.’ Sadly, this lunacy has consequences (boldface mine):
And so maybe a couple of those AR-15s end up on the newly saturated secondary gun market, where prices come down and tracking the guns get harder, thanks to the NRA’s efforts to lower the bar for federal gun licenses, which has proliferated the number of “kitchen table” gun dealers. But soon there’s another election cycle to hype, and more gun-confiscation bogeyman to invent. The process begins anew, just in time for the new models. “Having a Democrat in office is sort of like a double-edged sword,” said a representative with a major handgun manufacturer who asked not to be identified. “You want your guy to win, but it’s not as good for business. There will be a sales dip if the Republican wins.”
I would be much happier if gun manufacturers stopped making guns and made swords instead. But I digress.
The only good news is that the gun-totin’ yahoo demographic, like much of the conservative base, is very old. Hopefully, in spite of the corporate propaganda, this will recede over tim.