You create a good point about it being a necessity and I agree. I think I'm just looking at it from a different perspective and you even said it.
gas prices rise over speculation.
gun and ammo prices rise over speculation..
There is a direct correlation. However you are correct about people having to have gas to get to work etc. where a gun is not needed to get to work etc. I still don't feel it's right for gun shops to "stick it to" new gun buyers or internet customers because they can make an extra 25% or whatever right now. Those could become life long customers that would come back after this paranoia dissipates. When this does end and a first time buyer realizes he got hosed for $100-$200 more than they should've they probably will find another shop to go to and never say a good word about the previous shop. Just my point of view.