I've seen this crap happen so many times since Columbine over 20 years ago, I don't even pay attention anymore. I stocked up back then, and kept it up in between all of these ridiculous panic buying, "shortages". All brought on by people who refuse to prepare. And you don't have to be a "prepper". Just apply common sense. If it happened once, it will happen again.
First there was Columbine, back in 1999. Then there was the 2008 election, when everyone and their brother went nuts after Obama beat McCain. It was obvious to anyone with a heartbeat McCain was going to lose. Did anyone stock up? No, instead they waited to, "see what would happen". After that came Obama's reelection in 2012. Then they panicked, when for a minute it looked like the Assault Weapons Ban was coming back.
After that came the Sandy Hook shooting, that took .22 ammo off the shelf for over 5 years, because everyone went nuts. Standing in line to buy .22 ammo they had zero intention of shooting. Then came the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. Then the San Bernardino shooting. Then there was the Parkland High School shooting. Next on the list was the Las Vegas massacre.
All of these incidents caused runs on guns, magazines, and ammunition, in some way, shape, or form. Because only then people feared additional gun control. We were very lucky Trump was elected in 2016, or else we would have seen the biggest run ever, if Hillary gotten in. Suppliers had product stocked to the rafters, assuming that she was a shoe in. Instead we ended up having a glut for over 3 years.
Did anyone stock up then? No, not in the least. Most sat around wondering when the prices would, "bottom out". Threads were everywhere on gun forums titled, "Is Now The Time To Buy?".... It was all becoming like some kind of game to them. They became a bunch of gun "Day Traders".
Now with ANTIFA, Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Kenosha, and violence happening in major cities everywhere, and an election looming just around the corner, that could determine if our freedoms remain, NOW, suddenly everyone and their brother have decided that it's time to, "stock up". Well, it's too late...... Again. The "game" is over, and they lost.
So now they're all crying they need ammo, and can't get it..... Again. Or else they're whining how 9 MM FMJ Ball is $30.00 a box. Or .22 LR is back up to $50.00 a brick.... Assuming they can find it. And is it their fault? No, of course not. They're blaming places like Cheaper Than Dirt for overcharging. But did they buy any when that same 9 MM was $8.50 a box less than a year ago? And was as common as dirt, and came with free shipping? No, of course not.
Instead today, (and this is an old story), every gun forum on the Internet has over a dozen threads that start out, "Does Anyone Know Where I can Get"...... People never seem to learn. Regardless of how many examples they live through. I'm sorry, but my sympathy meter has dropped to zero from all of this. Especially after watching it play out time and time again over the last 20+ years. People need to wise up and take notice. The problem is that should have happened 2 decades ago. But again nobody noticed or cared. If Trump loses next week, perhaps Big 5 or Wal-Mart will have a few baseball bats left. Rant off.