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Mac7mac
October 1, 2008, 08:55 PM
I have been a member of the AARP for several years, and it's time to renew my membership. One of my peers said he refused to join them due to their anti-gun stance. What is their position? I'm not involved in any of their insurance programs, and any discounts available through them are usually available through my AAA membership. I'm not willing to continue funding them if they are anti-gun extremists. What would you do?

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h2op
October 1, 2008, 09:03 PM
what i DID was not renewing my membership to aarp, but joining the nra instead.

kingpin008
October 1, 2008, 09:10 PM
Maybe you could explain that a little more - you know, to actually give the OP what he asked for. Details are good things.

jnyork
October 1, 2008, 09:11 PM
Yeah, I keep hearing the AARP is antigun but cant recall anyone ever posting any links to their stated policy.

Pure Kustom
October 1, 2008, 09:11 PM
http://www.2asisters.org/AARP_Letter.html

I just did a search here

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=aarp+on+gun+control&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&oq=

GigaBuist
October 1, 2008, 09:14 PM
http://www.aarp.org/research/press-center/presscurrentnews/a2004-12-10-oreilly.html

Gun Control
AARP believes in the Constitutional right to bear arms. But to make the nation safer, we must do what we can to keep guns out of hands of children and criminals. AARP supported the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which went into law in 1994 with bi-partisan support, but was allowed to expire this year.

AARP supports measures to eliminate firearm possession by juveniles, convicted domestic abusers and those under domestic violence restraining orders.

So, they are in support of the Assault Weapons Ban, but they're calling it a different name.

I wonder if they've updated that position in the last 4 years.

Hk91-762mm
October 1, 2008, 09:15 PM
This old phart will never join AARP.
I wish I could find another org. that I could join..

Mac7mac
October 1, 2008, 09:21 PM
Just for the record, I am a Life Member of the NRA. Thanks for any and all information.

Gator
October 1, 2008, 09:22 PM
AARP has supported the Brady Campaign for years. I'll never join.

dmazur
October 1, 2008, 09:34 PM
I found the same policy, but the site is full of broken links and is not terribly functional.

Gun Control
AARP believes in the Constitutional right to bear arms. But to make the nation safer, we must do what we can to keep guns out of hands of children and criminals. AARP supported the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which went into law in 1994 with bi-partisan support, but was allowed to expire this year.

AARP supports measures to eliminate firearm possession by juveniles, convicted domestic abusers and those under domestic violence restraining orders.

It sounds good, but by supporting the Brady Bill, they lost my membership. I'm going to tell them that.

stevelyn
October 1, 2008, 09:37 PM
I toss all their junk mail they send.

ferges99
October 1, 2008, 10:08 PM
Don't toss it. Mail back to them blank in their post paid envelope.

Jorg Nysgerrig
October 1, 2008, 10:11 PM
So, they are in support of the Assault Weapons Ban, but they're calling it a different name.

The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act isn't the Assault Weapons Ban by a different name.

owlhoot
October 1, 2008, 10:40 PM
I was a member 25 years ago. At that time an anti-gun article appeared in their publication and this was before the Brady bunch. I wrote them to complain and resigned my membership. I haven't received a scrap of mail from them since.

orionengnr
October 1, 2008, 10:43 PM
AARP has supported the Brady Campaign for years. I'll never join.

Yep.

I need to start returning their postage-paid solicitations with some of my dog's recycled dinner.

Thanks for the reminder. :)

Pure Kustom
October 1, 2008, 10:59 PM
Don't toss it. Mail back to them blank in their post paid envelope.

I would mail it back and say. I am a NRA MEMBER. Take me off your list. I only do buisness with real American companies..........:D

dogrunner
October 1, 2008, 11:21 PM
And I'll second Pure Customs' sentiments..............I haven't,and WON'T join ANY organization, regardless of purported benefit packages, that seek to limit my rights............add to the AARP Levi jeans, as well..............told my wife a couple of years ago to either take back the present or trash it!...............Unfortunately THR precludes me saying what I really think!!!!

Rifleman 173
October 1, 2008, 11:24 PM
I sent them a note telling them that I would not join their group because of their radical anti-gun stance. I also told them to take my name off of any of their mailing lists.

Rmart30
October 1, 2008, 11:40 PM
There is a alternative to AARP and it is more of a conservative based group. I dont remember the name of it but it was discussed on a few of the nationwide talk shows withen the last 2 years....

The Lone Haranguer
October 1, 2008, 11:54 PM
Don't toss it. Mail back to them blank in their post paid envelope.
Put some lead sinkers or wheel weights in it first, or tape it to a brick. :evil:

I got a car insurance quote from "their" company (Hartford) and it was outrageously high anyway. I stuck with ... AIG. :uhoh:;)

chieftain
October 2, 2008, 01:44 AM
I have always preferred Pro American organizations, not socialist ones.

I always send any AARP stuff back to the AARP with nothing in it or on it. Have been doing that for years.

I am a life member of the NRA and the DAV.

Go figure.

Fred

The Lone Haranguer
October 2, 2008, 02:30 AM
I'm keeping the little alarm clock they sent. I might find a use for it. ;)

crankshop1000
October 2, 2008, 07:56 AM
AARP is simply a political action committee for the insurance industry. They use retired people as their front group because they will go along with most anything to get a discount.

Standing Wolf
October 2, 2008, 08:31 AM
I don't do business with anti-Second Amendment bigots.

dbones
October 2, 2008, 08:37 AM
I put the things I get from the NRA (trash mail) in those prepaid envelopes from AARP and other mailings that annoy me. I would love to be there when they open their mail.

contenderman
October 2, 2008, 08:48 AM
AARP rhymes with CARP and both (in my book) are bottom feeders. They purport to be advocates for Seniors ... but look at their track record on medical care, Soc. Security issues, and yes ... guns (plus many other things) and you'll see that their interests (leanings) are generally in a different direction. However, they are a heck of a good marketing agent for all the trash marketers out there with their special insurances, vacation plans, condo/resort opportunities, etc., etc., etc. Hardly a week goes by that I don't get at least one special deal from or through AARP.

yourang?
October 2, 2008, 09:47 AM
i have been getting the aarp stuff for some time now....
(i am mid 50's) and i finally decided to send the stuff
back to them with a little note about their position on
guns....

interestingly.....the mail from them has stopped coming

now....if i could get "bets are us" to stop sending their stuff
i would be really happy....have called them more times
than i can remember....darn!

it only took about 15 calls to the local pennysaver for them
to stop dropping off their stuff on my front stoop

Blackbeard
October 2, 2008, 09:49 AM
AARP is just a front for selling you insurance anyway.

TEDDY
October 2, 2008, 10:10 AM
I have never figured out what they really are,BUT I think they just are a business that sell products.but I have known they are antigun.and as one poster said they cater to the senior who are looking for discounts.me I would not touch them with a 10 ft pole.:uhoh::rolleyes::D

ShunZu
October 2, 2008, 11:21 AM
I have a standard response that I return to them (in their envelopes) every time I get a solicitation from them.

It says, "When you stop funding organizations whose mission is to disarm the very people you rely upon for the AARP's financial survival, I will join. Until then, consider me just one more person you'll never receive a dime from because of your intent to leave older and senior citizens entirely at the mercy of criminals."

But they continue to send solicitations, anyway. Guess they have me on IGNORE. :)

eflatminor
October 2, 2008, 11:35 AM
Even if AARP were not anit gun, I would never join any socialist organization. It should be your job to save for your retirement and health care, not other taxpayers.

Sheldon J
October 2, 2008, 01:45 PM
When they called me I asked the kid on the phone if he owned any guns. He said yes he did, I then asked him if he was aware of the AARP anti gun stance. He again replied he was aware of it, I then asked him to make a note that as A life NRA member I would never join any organization that was against my gun rights, he said he would then hung up. They never have called back.

NCsmitty
October 2, 2008, 01:58 PM
AARP supports the liberal agenda and donates money to organizations and candidates that support gun control. I learned that a long time ago.

NCsmitty

rugerman
October 2, 2008, 02:19 PM
I told them several years ago that I'm a member of the NRA and to take me off their mailing list and their phone list. And I tell all my patients (I'm a pharmacist) what I think about them and several have also dropped them as their medicare part d provider. rugerman

BBQLS1
October 2, 2008, 02:38 PM
Don't toss it. Mail back to them blank in their post paid envelope.

:D Awesome!

MinnMooney
October 2, 2008, 06:57 PM
I need to start returning their postage-paid solicitations with some of my dog's recycled dinner.


I never knew their stance on handgun control and "assault" weapons but I do now. I think I'll send their solicitations back, also.

Halo
October 2, 2008, 07:11 PM
Put some lead sinkers or wheel weights in it first

No way, you can mold those into bullets!

bartman
October 2, 2008, 08:36 PM
There is a alternative to AARP and it is more of a conservative based group. I dont remember the name of it but it was discussed on a few of the nationwide talk shows withen the last 2 years....

www.nascon.net

Mac7mac
October 2, 2008, 09:06 PM
Thanks for your input, everyone. I'm going to let the membership expire, and twist slowly in the breeze. :cool:

Mac7mac
October 2, 2008, 09:18 PM
BTW, the website for NASCON looks very interesting, indeed. Now that I'm no longer blissfully ignorant, I intend to send annual dues their way...:D

Old Navy
October 3, 2008, 12:07 AM
I once joined AARP because I thought I'd get discounts on hotel rooms when I travel. After reading their propoganda it is easy to see they are socialist with a definite LIBERAL bias. They try to convince their membership that the GOP is trying to take away their socialist security check and we all know what a scary thought that is to their membership. Yes, they are really just an insurance peddler like some other insurance peddlers that purport to be for the average guy. I won't renew with them even if they did have good discounts, which they don't.

Mac7mac
October 3, 2008, 07:50 PM
The NASCON website is still up, but the contact number is not in service, and contact links don't work. I'm not sure whether they are still in existence, or not :confused:. Sorry if any hopes (including my own) were prematurely raised.

However, I still intend to allow the AARP membership to expire. Thanks, again, for all of the input.

TallPine
October 3, 2008, 08:04 PM
Wyatt Aarp and his brothers like to take guns away from us cowboys ;)

Catherine
October 4, 2008, 12:58 AM
All someone has to do is CALL them and tell them that you do not want their 'mail' as you do with ANY other organization that keeps sending you JUNK mail. Tell them that you are on a DMA and CRA list which states that you do not want your name/address sold, rented or leased. Permanent OPT OUT. If need be - write to them if the 'call' does not work. I love it (Not!) when they are too stupid to check their 'lists' and want to SELL something to a DEAD person too. Been there - done that with my late husband and other loved ones.

If they are anti gun, AARP is and that is OLD news, tell them that is Another Reason why you do not want their crapola mail.

You can do this with compromising gun organizations too! You can do this to sell out/bail out politicians too. :) You can use YOUR power to avoid, boycott, not vote for anyone, etc. in ANY issue.

It is not complicated. Use it or lose it - YOUR own power, your common sense and the brains that the good Lord gave you!

Live free or die,

Catherine

TallPine
October 4, 2008, 11:54 AM
Well, there is always the wood stove, too ;)

Most junk mail I don't even open anymore.

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