Skip to comments.Is AARP Anti-Gun?
Posted on 05/13/2011 4:29:50 AM PDT by marktwain
I hate junk mail. Junk mail comes in many flavors theres those newsprint things with ads from the discount stores and supermarkets (they make excellent kindling for my grill, so at least they have one redeeming feature). Theres the come-ons from credit card companies, car dealers, et cetera. And then there are the direct mail solicitations that come, courtesy of data-mining some database or other that Im on. These typically drive me nuts, because Im not buying what theyre selling. Case in point missives from the American Association of Retired Persons, a.k.a.: the AARP. They are the nations biggest advocacy group for seasoned citizens and apparently, they hate guns as much as Bloomberg and Brady combined.
Full disclosure: Im not (yet) old enough to be a member of the AARP. And I freely admit to having a major burr in my saddle from getting direct mail solicitations from them, asking me to join. Im bloody well not a senior citizen now, and youre gonna have to drag me, kicking and screaming, into old age. Bastards.
Be that as it may, membership in AARP has its privileges (as they say), for they are one of the most powerful lobby groups in the nation. (The NRA would be the other.) To hear the AARP tell it, they speak with one voice for those over 55, and they make a compelling argument. After all, older people tend to vote, make political contributions, be actively involved in the political process, and have specific needs/goals (Medicare, drug benefits, health care, etc.) specific to their demographic.
When all the brouhaha came up about ObamaCare, I was surprised to see AARP come down on the side of the Administration. Surprised, because it looked as though ObamaCare would sell out seniors and their health care
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This is a difficult subject for people to discuss without misunderstanding. We do our best to obfuscate, but apparently, you understand our position all too well. Even though you may not agree with AARPs objectives on this one issue, I hope you find our work toward prescription drug coverage in Medicare, for example, and many other important issues worthy of your continued support. Lookit, dipweed were trying to buy you off with discounts. Cant you just be satisfied with that?
The AARP policymaking process is a long one, beginning in September and continuing through February annually. And its far too complicated for the likes of you. AARPs all-volunteer National Legislative Council thoughtfully develops each policy after reviewing the pros and cons and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors, also a distinguished cross-section of volunteers. Dont pick on us! Were volunteers! Public policies are reconsidered and approved anew each year. We could change our mind at any time. So dont push us. Input from members like you, along with other members suggestions, are carefully reviewed and contribute to establishing AARP priorities. And after we review your input, we file it in our special round filing cabinet that gets emptied every night.
At this time, the Board of Directors has recently restated AARP policy to reduce misunderstanding and better fit the current legal environment on this issue. Were tap-dancing as fast as we can. We do continue to support careful measures to restrict the availability of handguns to certain populations. Make no mistake were down with Bloomberg and were Bradys bee-yatch. Yet, our policy does not preclude responsible citizens who are educated in gun safety from gun ownership. Yet.
However, respected research continues to indicate that the use of firearms in assaults and robbery-particularly handguns-is directly linked to the high death rate from interpersonal violence in the USA compared with other industrialized countries. In other words, we cherry-pick which research we like, and use big words and run-on sentences to try and confuse you. Did it work? At a time when having enough resources to provide adequate healthcare for older Americans is a special concern for AARP, the medical costs of treating gunshot victims exceeds $1 billion a year. Which is, ironically, how much we stand to make per year, with the sweetheart deal we cut with Obama. Of course, youll never see a penny of that. But our CEOs gonna be livin large!
The prevalence of random violence featuring handguns in some
neighborhoods has resulted in numbers of older people becoming virtual prisoners in their homes. Of course, were overlooking the fact that if they owned a handgun, shotgun or carbine, they wouldnt feel that way. Just ask any senior thats put a cap in the ass of some scumbag breaking into their home. Talk about empowering! But we could care less if YOU feel safe. We, on the other hand, can afford all sorts of security measures. Sucks to be you, doesnt it? Increasingly, families are suffering the loss of children and grandchildren who are the victims of violent crimes and senseless shootings. We could start an education program, teaching seniors how to safely store their guns and still have them available for self defense, but why go to that trouble, when its easier for us to get in bed with the like-minded Progressives? While registration requirements do not eliminate criminal or psychotic misuse of handguns, such requirements reduce the availability of guns, just as laws do not eliminate but do reduce the availability of illegal narcotics. Reduced availability to inappropriate users means lives saved. And its our position that if youre over 55, youre too damn senile to own a gun. I mean, youre buying our B.S. while we take advantage of you proof enough youre not in control of your own affairs to know whats going on. Cough up the guns, gramps.
I want to emphasize that AARP policy does not preclude gun ownership for responsible citizens, just as no federal or state law precludes ownership for responsible citizens. We wish it did. And rest assured, were working on it. Our policy now states:
Congress should eliminate gaps in and strengthen enforcement of the Brady Act and other federal gun laws. States should enact legislation to eliminate gaps in and strengthen enforcement of federal and state gun laws, particularly with regard to possession by juveniles, convicted domestic abusers and those under domestic violence restraining orders. We start with reasonable restrictions, move on to defining who a responsible citizen is and then oops. Im giving away our game plan. Forget I said anything.
I hope this information has been helpful. Bite me. While you may disagree with the Board on this particular policy, we hope that many other issues, objectives, and services of AARP so beneficial to older Americans encourage you to remain or become a valued member of the association. Here are some lovely mailing labels with your name on it. See the shinny colors? Now go take your meds like a good boy. We appreciate your participation. No, we dont.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is any way your headquarters staff may be of assistance in the future. We have to say that. Please dont take us at our word. Thank you again for taking the time to get in touch. It is an important part of my job to consider carefully the concerns of every member. I hate my job. I have to listen to crap like yours every day. You should be glad I dont believe in guns. I might have to put a cap in your ass myself if you dont shut the Hell up.
Over time, virtually ALL organizations like this one fall to the leftards in society.
AARP is no different.
There ARE alternatives, however.
AARP is ant-American. Everything else comes from that.
I’ve seen several conservative alternatives to AARP spring up. Is there any “better” one?
AARP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democrat party.
Any conservative or liberarian who belongs to that operation has put his beliefs on hold for the 30 pieces of silver presented as AARP discounts.
One of my little pleasures in life is sending back empty AARP solicitation envelopes every three months or so.
I am over 55, but I REFUSE to send one cent to these capos.
Thank you for posting with the bold!
Just started getting the junk mail from the bastards at AARP. With each mailing, I use a nice black Sharpie marker and write on the membership card that I would not join or support a communist organization like AARP. I then take ALL that was sent to me, including the original mailing envelope, fold it all neatly and then place it all in the POSTAGE PAID envelope that THEY SENT ME. That way, they get my message AND it cost them even MORE because they have to pay the postage back to them.
AARP is screamingly anti-gun, falling all over themselves to get in bed with Obama, and will NEVER get one cent from me. If I have not made myself clear, please feel free to PM me. ;-)
I dropped my membership when they came out in support of Obamacare
Congress should eliminate gaps in and strengthen enforcement of the Brady Act and other federal gun laws.
Why, are they suddenly so hot and bothered about this issue right now? Has there been a number of shooting incidents I have not heard about?
Are they basically pushing to have feral control over EVERY gun sale transaction?
Why is this suddenly a problem?
Make no mistake, the gun grabbers want CONTROL, and part and parcel of that would be to have our glorious rulers to have a veto over whether you can but a gun.
They can only do that if they CONTROL every private transaction (BTW, how does that fit in with the commerce clause?)
With that in hand, if you wish to defend your-self, you will need their permission to do so, throw in depriving people of the right via secret watch lists and its GOODBYE SECOND AMENDMENT.
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