Right Wing Prof thinks that NICS checks are up for precisely the same reasons they went up in 1993. Honestly, I would tend to agree, inasmuch as a lot of the pro-gun public (myself included) has kind of a bad feeling about the upcoming election. He linked to the post I put up on the NICS data, which also shows that firearms sales are up in general.
I think that the upcoming election does have a lot to do with it; no one believes that Hillary or Obama would be good for the 2nd Amendment, and a lot of people feel kind of queasy about McCain in that regard as well. My unease about Colonel Tigh (my wife cracked up when she heard that one, thanks Marko) would be a lot less if he picked a good running mate that I could feel comfortable about, like Fred Thompson.
There really isn’t anything Hillary and Obama could do to make me feel better about them becoming El Presidente (yes, I know the masculine form wouldn’t apply for Hillary), and even Obamarama courting Bill Richardson doesn’t help.
The bottom line is that people are buying guns in droves, and like I said before, with those guns they’re buying ammo, magazines, and other accessories. Get your black rifles right now, and get hi-caps for those black rifles. Get 15 round magazines for your Berettas, and 17 rounders for your Glocks before they’re banned again.