I think for the most part, people just want more guns. There isn't just one reason. I seriously doubt most people buy guns because they are afraid of loosing their job soon. And I seriously doubt they are buying them because they think the world is going to chaos soon or we'll get invaded. I personally don't know of anyone who buys guns for those reasons. Everyone I know that buys a gun buys it because they want the darn thing. There's a big, imaginary, flashing neon sign in our minds saying buy it. And I don't know about the rest of the country, but I can't ignore that sign. I, myself, have a thing for long barreled guns, big gauge guns, big caliber guns, and oddballs. If I find a gun meeting any of that criteria at a low price, I'm buying if it's not complete junk. And sometimes I get that gut feeling saying to walk away, and I do. And it's worked out better in the long run everytime.