Let's remember this whole debacle is not a partisan liberal vs. republican bullhonkey. There's a lot of liberals that are against gun control, and republicans that are for it. Heck, I'm neither side and proud of it, and the last thing we need is to alienate good people fighting the good fight over silly party lines.
With regards to "normality", I think the furor has slowed down because there's no more "attractive" inventory to be had. Once production catches back up, we'll see things moving again, at slightly lower prices. Until that bill gets killed, it'll be like this, some sort of strange, calm but tense buying game.
Those who hammer their swords into plow shares will plow for those who didn't...