In response to tvoter's comment:
In response to MattyScornD's comment:
Yes, they are. But a gun is not a candy bar; it's likely not a purchase that's made on a whim.
But if the decision IS made based on what they read in the news, that's a bit irrational.
Now, maybe they just like guns and want one. Ok, fine. But anything else at that point is just an excuse...a deviation from "I like guns."
Maybe someone got personally attacked. That's a more rational reason...not a random bombing. Personal trauma can manifest all kinds of tendencies, and people don't tend to deal with stress very well.
It's not being judgmental; it's about proscribing one's behavior based on external stimulus and the behavior of others.
Point being is that the OP is correlation without causation - a fallacy that some gun purchasers seem to have been suckered into.
No the POINT is when politicians start talking about taking away rights people react to protect those rights in many different ways.
In this case; people think the government may make good on it's threa tadd more restrictions to our right to bear arms. So, they purchase more guns to protec their right to own them.
Nothing irrational about that!
I would argue that it's irrational for the govt to threaten to take away the rights of law abiding citizens.
No one is threatening to take away anyone's rights.
That's just crazy paranoia from conspiracists.
When the Patriot Act was being implemented all we heard from politicians was that it was necessary to expand the Federal gov't powers in warrantless searches and indefinite detention and a no-fly list in order to protect us from terrorists.
Now, the crazy gun fanatics think that those same people that the gov't is working to protect us from, those on no fly lists, have the right to own weapons to defend themselves from said gov't.
It absolutely absurd!!!