65.4 million guns have been purchased since Obama was first inaugurated, 91% more than during the entire Bush presidency.
Bob Owens thinks he knows why:
"They didn’t know when they’d be getting anything back in stock, from
magazines to rifles to pistols. Manufacturers were running full-bore,
but couldn’t come close to keeping up with market demand. It wasn’t
just the AR-15s, the AK-pattern rifles, the M1As, and the FALs that
were sold out. It really hit me when I realized that the World War-era
M1 Garands, M1 carbines, and Enfield .303s were gone, along with every
last shell. Ubiquitous Mosin-Nagants—of which every gun store always
seems to have 10-20—were gone. So was their ammo. Only a dust free
space marked their passing. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Every weapon of military utility designed within the past 100+ years
was gone. This isn’t a society stocking up on certain guns because
they fear they may be banned. This is a society preparing for war."