Bumper, on a serious note...
The slowdowns appear to have coincided with the policy to allow members and guests to view all threads. Is the benefit of allowing people who are not registered to view all of the information you store worth the detriment of slower load times?

I understand that by allowing guests full access to the forum that you can bring more people into the world of concealed carry, but I worry that your finances, servers, and membership may not be able to sustain it.

For instance,
Currently Active Users: 779 (364 members & 412 guests & 3 bots)
More than half the people on the server right now are not contributing members.