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Is AARP Anti-Gun?
The Truth About Guns ^ | 12 May, 2011 | Brad Kozak

Posted on 05/13/2011 4:29:50 AM PDT by marktwain

I hate junk mail. Junk mail comes in many flavors – there’s 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). There’s 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 I’m on. These typically drive me nuts, because I’m not buying what they’re selling. Case in point – missives from the American Association of Retired Persons, a.k.a.: the AARP. They are the nation’s biggest advocacy group for “seasoned citizens” and apparently, they hate guns as much as Bloomberg and Brady combined.

Full disclosure: I’m 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. I’m bloody well not a senior citizen now, and you’re 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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1 posted on 05/13/2011 4:29:56 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: FReepers


2 posted on 05/13/2011 4:32:33 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: marktwain
"…thank you for contacting AARP headquarters on the issue of state and federal gun policies. We appreciate hearing from you. Not really. We’d prefer you just shut the Hell up and send us your money, you bloody troublemaker.

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 AARP’s 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 – we’re trying to buy you off with discounts. Can’t you just be satisfied with that?

The AARP policymaking process is a long one, beginning in September and continuing through February annually. And it’s far too complicated for the likes of you. AARP’s 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. Don’t pick on us! We’re volunteers! Public policies are reconsidered and approved anew each year. We could change our mind at any time. So don’t 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. We’re 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…we’re down with Bloomberg and we’re Brady’s 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, you’ll never see a penny of that. But our CEO’s 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, we’re overlooking the fact that if they owned a handgun, shotgun or carbine, they wouldn’t feel that way. Just ask any senior that’s 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, doesn’t 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 it’s 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 it’s our position that if you’re over 55, you’re too damn senile to own a gun. I mean, you’re buying our B.S. while we take advantage of you – proof enough you’re not in control of your own affairs to know what’s 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, we’re 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. I’m 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 don’t.

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 don’t 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 don’t believe in guns. I might have to put a cap in your ass myself if you don’t shut the Hell up.

[Name withheld]
Member Service

3 posted on 05/13/2011 4:35:12 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Over time, virtually ALL organizations like this one fall to the leftards in society.
AARP is no different.
There ARE alternatives, however.

4 posted on 05/13/2011 4:47:39 AM PDT by Flintlock
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To: Flintlock

AARP is ant-American. Everything else comes from that.

I’ve seen several conservative alternatives to AARP spring up. Is there any “better” one?

5 posted on 05/13/2011 4:49:13 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: marktwain

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.

6 posted on 05/13/2011 4:49:58 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: marktwain

I am over 55, but I REFUSE to send one cent to these capos.

7 posted on 05/13/2011 5:18:04 AM PDT by Fred Hayek (All Hail the No Talent Pop Star pResident.)
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To: iowamark

Thank you for posting with the bold!

8 posted on 05/13/2011 5:26:04 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain; All

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.

Double WIN.

9 posted on 05/13/2011 5:37:06 AM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (The United States Marine Corps, your greatest friend or your worst enemy. YOU choose.)
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To: marktwain

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. ;-)

10 posted on 05/13/2011 5:58:18 AM PDT by Pecos (Constitutionalist. Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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To: Flintlock

I dropped my membership when they came out in support of Obamacare

11 posted on 05/13/2011 6:09:12 AM PDT by bamagirl1944 (That's short for Alabama, not Obama)
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To: iowamark
Comment at the site:

“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 it’s GOODBYE SECOND AMENDMENT.

12 posted on 05/13/2011 6:18:52 AM PDT by GYL2 (Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson)
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13 posted on 05/13/2011 6:28:12 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA
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14 posted on 05/13/2011 6:30:26 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: marktwain
Who cares?

AAR what?

15 posted on 05/13/2011 7:40:08 AM PDT by Publius6961 (Long Form = Hospital-Generated detailed birth form with all details and seal.)
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