Political Conversations in the Online and In-person

With the upcoming 2020 presidential election, there are going to be some heated topics coming up in the USCCA Online Community. We are all passionate about our beliefs and know that those beliefs are not shared by everyone in the Community. And that’s OK!

Political conversations will be allowed in the News & Current Events / Current Events category. Miscategorized threads will be moved to the appropriate thread (the same applies to all other topics in the Community). Name-calling or personal attacks of anyone — including people, personalities or groups not in the Community — will be removed. Repeated violations of the name-calling and/or personal-attack guidelines in the Community will not be allowed.

If you don’t agree with something, please express your view respectfully. We can all learn from opposing viewpoints.

With passions running high, please take a moment to remember we’re all here to talk about and learn how to best protect ourselves and our loved ones.

Please stay safe in person and online this election season.

What do you do to help keep the conversation respectful online and offline?

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As Joey Gilbert said: “Politics is a bitch”
I’m using the same rules as for self-defense - avoid and retreat.

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I recognize that logic doesn’t convince anyone of anything, and I avoid most political conversations. Not just in an election year.

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The importance here is listening to understand verse listening to respond. Your right isn’t my wrong or vice versa. I strongly believe most of us here are on the same team.

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I try to keep an open mind, and bite my tongue. I try not to make reference to those I don’t agree with, by anything other than a proper title. Now, face to face, all bets are off. I’m not bashful about telling someone my opinion. I may hold it, unless they ask for. If they ask for it, they get the brutal, God’s honest truth.

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@45IPAC You and me both brother!

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I got in trouble for calling someone a “sheep” once and I think that is as far as I have strayed into name calling, lesson learned and applied. In general “I Think” I restrict my replies to the topic at hand or perhaps to an observation of the topic not yet stated. In general I’m good with different opinions and perspectives unless your opinion is a threat to me/mine or the community in general a recent example of that would be “Looting is a form of reparations and is allowed” I’ve only got one word for that, No!

My fervent hope is that this election and all the little elections across the country are decisively decided because I fear that a close race will draw the Anarchists like moths to a flame.

Cheers,

Craig6

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Anesthesia!


Hope to wake up to a normal functioning country, IMHO!
Every one has an opinion, however, violence is not an opinion.
This will be the toughest election in history, books and movies will portray this event, if such a thing will still be allowed!
Seriously, just respect everyone I come into contact with!

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I use the “Muted” button at the bottom of the thread. I want to discuss firearms and self-defense. If I want politics I will go to the MSM because these days the conversation is too emotional and there is ZERO respect.
No one on (or off) this forum will change my political views… so why try? Let’s talk about ANYTHING else than politics. I am on one other “firearm” forum… if you even mention politics in a post it is flagged by others and deleted by moderators. I wish they would do the same here, but I’ll use the “Muted” button until then.
@Dawn a suggestion… you should think about appointing a few regulars here as moderators as well. You are only one person and things regularly get “off the rails” when you take a day or two off.

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@TexasEskimo has a good point.

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Like @Dawn says all the time we can disagree and be respectful. We are also a family fighting for the same cause which is the right to bare arms. We have a lot of people here that are good mediators and interceders. If you see a conversation is getting heated we can jump in and say “hey come on now guys” Hey lets keep it civil brothers and sisters. I for one do not like discussing politics because it leads to arguments and disagreements. That is not what the community (family) is about and I take credit for renaming us a family because it is what we are. Anyways that being said lets help one another and reach our goal, to one day have the complete rights that allow us to protect ourselves, family and loved ones.
Johnnyq60

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I am a chef at a bar. The rules are NO Politics, No religion, No Problems. Do you think that stops them? NO! No matter what side they take I will argue with you. Logic will not be involved as well as common sense. I will behave myself here though. Even though it is fun ruffling feathers.

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Political discussions online are hard.

Political discussions in person are easier as long as both sides are willing to listen and be heard.

As soon as either discussion format trends into name-calling it has ended its usefulness and is time to exit stage left

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Guess I better take that anesthesia seriously :sleeping::sleeping::sleeping:

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Thanks!

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YearQuil will work !

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You, sir just made my day! LOL can hardly type.

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Leave it to @Jerzy because in these trying times we could use some laughs.

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Politics and religion are always great conversation starters! Yes, they are both passionate as they are firmly seated beliefs for most people. But, passion can and should be respectful.

My daughter recently told me that I am more inclined to listen to my son than her because of her left leaning beliefs. My son is a professed libertarian and she leans toward socialism.

I had to explain to her that my inclination to discuss issues with my son had nothing to do with their respective views but everything to do with how they were presented. My son and I can argue passionately about a subject and it stays respectful. I had to let my daughter know that as soon as the conversation turned to attacking beliefs and name calling, the conversation was over. I have my phobias but never as many as I heard when I expressed my views on the 2016 election or against the Supreme Court legalizing same sex marriage (without regard to my belief whether it is wrong it not, because it was a political issue for state legislatures, not a legal issue for the courts.). My problem was the court stole the issue from the people.

I had to google what some of my phobias were after that conversation.

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In a sense we are all already moderators with the availability of the flag function?¹

I would look into the possible implications of ‘non-employee’ members moderating on a public forum that is so closely associated with a for profit corporation. I assume USCCA is a for profit corporation?

@Dawn. On the topic of flagging to help maintain a positive dialog, what are the rules on flagging? For example, how many flags does it take before a post is no longer visible? What is the review process once flagged? Do likes offset flags, if so how/when? If not, what protects against false flagging?

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