I think you make a lot of good points. My family had a heads up on the toilet paper because we have family in California warned us about what they were experiencing while our supplies in Michigan were still plentiful at that time.
As to your point on the gun buyers, I am actually a new gun buyer myself. I actually ordered my first gun prior to the shut down. We had a plan in place for training and a few weeks later joined the USCCA. The problem we had was there was no training classes available. We were lucky enough that a local outdoor range was still open and taking new members, so with all the content from the USCCA and other sources we were able to get a laser trainer, and do dry fire practice at home, and reinforce it with live fire at the range. I just finally took my Concealed carry class the other day and hoping to take my advanced defense next month. I can’t say I have always been pro second amendment but I was never against it. When my kids were young, I was against having a gun in the home, and for tighter laws.
That said after going to college later in life and learning how to do actual research, my opinion changed greatly over the years based on factual research, not from anti-gunners or gun nuts per se. If anyone went through the process I did to get a gun, I am not sure how they could say that it was too easy but I am sure you are right in that some will still say it. If you don’t have a criminal history that blocks you from a gun, it shouldn’t be that difficult. I was put on a hold due to the amount of background checks being done when I went to pick mine up.
This whole situation did teach my family several things along the way. Including stocking up on items we need. We were lucky and never ran low on anything and we didn’t have to hoard anything in the process. We will definitely be upping our medical supplies on hand, as well as the amount of ammo, food that will last, back up power, and water. We already were well stocked up on games and other entertainment for in the home and didn’t really feel bored. We did get a little stir crazy at first but once we realized we were never really locked in per se, things smoothed right out. We did what was allowed, and made the most out of our yard activities. Overall for us, it was an enjoyable time, the worst was couple trips we had to make to the store but even that wasn’t much different than normal other than things missing on the self.
Good post. I enjoyed reading it