This is an example of piss poor planning. The AR-15 and ammo should have been bought a long time ago. I didn’t need to have an emergency to prepare myself. My house is already wired for the emergency generator sitting in my garage on a trickle charger. I have firearms and ammo for defending myself and for hunting. We have water close by in case the well is unusable and we have food on hand. My wife and I will be able to weather most emergencies quite well.
There is always something you decide you need at the last minute. A few hundred thousand people doing that at once, makes it look like everyone was unprepared. Some probably were, but others were just getting that “one last item”.