“Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” -- Attributed to Edmund Kean, celebrated Shakespearean actor, 1787 -- 1833.
The owner of Cheaper Than Dirt says:
"Look who the Republicans are trying to put against Obama," he said. "It's the Keystone Kops and people are getting scared. People are terrified he's going to get re-elected and then he won't care about getting votes next time. He'll just pass whatever legislation he wants."
Alan Korwin seconds:
"People are concerned that if Obama wins, as a lame duck, he will go after firearms in a way we have never seen before. We saw a fire sale when he was elected last time," he said. "But the speculation is that now ... with his need to get re-elected gone, the sky is the limit on attacking the Second Amendment."
This is not an unreasonable conclusion from the available evidence. However, before you spend all your money on that thousand dollar black rifle, I would remind you of a scene from the CBS post-EMP show, Jericho, in the episode "Coalition of the Willing." The Jericho folks just made an alliance with a criminal band and after the successful conclusion of their first joint operation, where both sides had agreed to a split of the battlefield pickups, the criminal gang reneges and takes everything. (There's a message there about being careful of who you choose for allies.)
"We just gonna let them go? We need those guns!" says an angry Jake.
"Guns?" Hawkins muses, "Guns are easy."
Of course, Hawkins, the government undercover man, just happens to have a storage locker full of M14s and other goodies, gifted to him by a screenwriter with foresight. But there is a lesson here, if I might combine both Kean and Hawkins:
Guns are easy. Logistics is hard.
This country has plenty of firearms. But I would guess that 95% of their owners have no more than a 50 round box or two of ammo for each of them, and they consider that plenty.
So, if you already have a rifle, a shotgun and a sidearm -- and are COMPETENT with each -- don't spend all your money on an upgrade rifle, spend it on ammunition. If you are not competent with them all, spend the money on training. Training, local organization and logistics are the hard elements of preparedness. Guns are easy.