Ok, I'm not saying that we ought to go nuts with this, or that we need to be too strict here. This is just a general thing--but a thing that has been getting worse and worse as the Presidential campaign continues. And in this campaign season we are going to go nuts if we allow every political thread or even regular (hijacked) threads that mention politics to be reduced to the lame racially charged comments that reflect no thought or substance. I would like moderators to simply be willing curb some of the worst offenses on here. I'm also not suggesting race is unimportant or should not be discussed. But there is a difference between being thoughtful and being immature. Here are my reasons why I support this: 1. The comments go nowhere and do not help to inform a discussion in any way. They do not convince anyone of anything. All they can do is put people down, create a mob, or inflame others. 2. We have an unbelievably diverse community here-- a place where people regularly discuss things they both agree and disagree on. This is the beauty of the forum. When when we abandon discretion and promote immaturity or shortcut to name calling and race baiting, it attacks the quality of what has been built here. Make a point with facts and you will be respected by your peers. It's a simple formula. At times, we ought to protect this. We are better than the base racial bating. 3. This is a huge forum, and we have a lot of readers. I catch hits to this forum googling and researching all the time. I think that encouraging maturity will increase our respect among gunners and anti-gunners alike. I love this site. It's well run and it's a good community. I have given money (and I'd say quite a bit) to this site and I will continue to do so in the future. I'd like to see us as respected as possible. Last: I do not want this to be a fight or argument. And NO, I'm not an Obama supporter, but that should have nothing to do with it. I don't think Reagan or Warren Buffet would do this either--and they ARE the guys I support. Let's just take the vote and get the pulse. I don't know of a different way to bring this up with owners, mods, admins, and users in a general way. If there is a better way, I'd be happy to transition to that. I will not be responding to comments posted here. PM me if you have any comments specifically for me on this issue.