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Does the AARP Still Want Your Guns?

AARP has provided services and benefits to people 50 and older for more than half a century, and has 40 million members—but is it anti-gun?

4/10/2013 A few years ago I turned 55—a scary time for a guy who had to buy his own health insurance on the open market. Talk about sticker shock! So I thought, why not join AARP, the mega-senior’s organization? Surely they have some sort of group medical insurance a member can piggyback on. It was only after I had purchased a multi-year membership that I decided to research this powerful special interest group and see what their official position was on issues important to me. First and foremost was the issue of gun ownership. What I discovered surprised the heck out of me. I did not know at the time know that AARP wanted to severely restrict its membership’s right to own firearms. That was back in 2007. Here’s what their website said at the time: “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. AARP supports measures to eliminate firearm possession by juveniles, convicted domestic abusers and those under domestic violence restraining orders.” I called their headquarters and, after playing phone tag to try and get a statement to no avail, finally received an e-mail response from them after asking for their official position on private gun ownership. Here, in part, was the response from someone in “Member Services.” “Thank you for contacting AARP headquarters on the issue of state and federal gun policies. This is a difficult subject for people to discuss without misunderstanding. 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. “At this time, the Board of Directors has recently restated AARP policy to continue to support careful measures to restrict the availability of guns to certain populations. Yet, our policy does not preclude responsible citizens who are educated in gun safety from gun ownership. “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. The prevalence of random violence featuring handguns in some neighborhoods has resulted in numbers of older people becoming virtual prisoners in their homes. Increasingly, families are suffering the loss of children and grandchildren who are the victims of violent crimes and senseless shootings. 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. 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.” Talk about a misinterpretation of statistics to support a policy of restricted private gun ownership. No mention of the fact that there are laws already on the books written to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons. No mention of the fact that in states where concealed carry laws occur, violent crime drops dramatically. (In fact, in states that have passed liberal carry laws, deaths and injuries from multiple-victim public shootings have fallen on average by 78 percent in the past half-decade.) Or the fact that a high percentage of juvenile gunshot victims are injured by inner-city gangbangers, often in turf wars over drugs. Or readily available statistics from places like England, where handguns were banned in 1996, yet in the years since the ban, gun crimes have risen 40 percent. The country now has eclipses the U.S. in robberies and aggravated assaults by a wide margin, and is rapidly catching up in murders and rapes. Fast forward to 2013. With all the hullaballoo about a new “assault weapons ban” and all the other proposed gun-grabbing legislation on the front burner today, I decided to revisit AARP and see if their position had changed. Before contacting AARP directly I scanned their website searching for a stated policy position on gun control. I looked high and low, even using search engines and spending the better part of two hours in the process. No luck. So I sent an e-mail in early February to the Member Services Division. On February 25 I sent it again. Here’s what it said: “Good morning! I am a working press member and also an AARP member. A quick question. Given all the recent hoopla concerning private gun ownership and proposals to restrict the ownership of certain types of firearms, magazines, etc., my readers have been asking me what AARP's official position is on the topic. Can you provide me with a statement that describes AARP's position and/or a person I might speak with by phone? I thank you! Sincerely, Robert Robb, XXXX cell phone, AARP member XXX XXX 235 4.” Finally, on March 5, 2013 I received the following e-mail:

“Dear Mr. Robb:

Thank you for contacting AARP about our policy concerning firearms. This is a difficult subject for people to discuss. I appreciate your sharing your views with us.

“AARP policy does not "ban all guns." Our policy targets only inappropriate gun purchasers, not responsible citizens. Here is the statement passed by our Board of Directors:

“Congress should eliminate gaps in and strengthen enforcement of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention 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.

“AARP continues to support careful measures to improve the enforcement of existing federal and state laws. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, homicides are most often committed with guns, especially handguns. In 2005, 55% of homicides were committed with handguns, 16% with other guns, 14% with knives, 5% with blunt objects, and 11% with other weapons. Recent research indicates that lethal violence in the US far outpaces other Western nations. AARP policy reflects concern that crime-especially violent crime-may have particularly severe consequences for older people and teens.

“AARP policymaking is an ongoing process. Our all-volunteer National Policy Council thoughtfully develops each policy, after reviewing the pros and cons. Then the Council makes recommendations to the Board of Directors, who are also all volunteers. Both groups are made up of a distinguished cross-section of AARP members. All our public policies are carefully reviewed biennially and the Council makes recommendations on issues annually or more frequently as needed. Communications from members, like yours, contribute to establishing, strengthening and updating our policies.

“I hope this information has been helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is any way we may be of assistance in the future. Thank you again for taking the time to get in touch. It is an important part of our job to consider carefully the concerns of every member.”

Sincerely, Dianne Member Communications Member@aarp.org

In other words, their policy has not changed. If this bothers you—as it bothers me—I urge you to contact AARP with your opinions and concerns, especially if you are a member. They are reached at 1-888-687-2277; www.aarp.org. When I canceled my membership, they knew exactly how I felt.

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138 Responses to Does the AARP Still Want Your Guns?

Captain Bob wrote:
December 07, 2014

First, for you folks that say you need to belong to AARP in order to get your Supplemental Health insurance (or Medicare Complete) you can use the tip my (pro-gun) health rep told me: join AARP in Nov. Sign up for the health insurance. Cancel your AARP in Dec (tell 'em why), get a refund, and your health insurance will continue as they only require membership to START the policy. Second, for the folks switching to AMAC (as I did & just recently cancelled) they are NOT pro 2nd Amendment. I found a full page ad in their magazine featruing John (guns-for-me-but-not-for-you) Walsh. I wrote cpmplaining about them accepting advertising from someone who was anti-gun and never got the courtesy of a reply. Calling them got me the typical B.S. about 'we need advertisers to help pay for the publication, blah, blah, blah). In short, they lie when they say they are pro 2nd Amendment. In fact there is one small 3-letter word to look for that will always tell you if a person or organization is pro-2nd Amendment or not. The word is 'but.' All the anti's try to placate the gun folks by starting with, 'I support the 2nd Amendment but....' and then follow with all the reasons that we should restrict guns. ANYONE who starts with what you want to hear and then says, 'but' you can be sure the first sentence is B.S.

Darrell and Annette wrote:
November 29, 2014

We just tore up our AARP renewal form. I will not support any organization which doesn't really care about it's members being able to protect themselves and their family.

Roger W wrote:
November 06, 2014

I just quit AARP after i had seen this, turn in my guns, yea right..

Paul Priebe wrote:
December 26, 2013

Barry, they started harassing me to join at age 35!!!!

Kenton ward wrote:
December 04, 2013

Gentlemen and ladies ,THANKS.I I just read some of the posted comment about AARP and tear came to my eyes .how could one set of Americans be so deceitful to another set of Americans who worked and help to shape this country for us .thanks again guys no aarp in this house

Jack Gossett wrote:
December 04, 2013

I just sent an email to AARP to ask them to stop sending solicitations to me. AARP: Please remove my name from your list to receive membership information. Due to your organization’s position regarding the right to keep and bear arms, I will not be a member of AARP. Please stop all solicitations for: Jack Gossett
Thank you for your attention to this matter.

jug wrote:
November 21, 2013

I joined AARP for one year, used their home/auto insurance for a few years until after a ten dollar 'warning ticket' raised the auto part $330 per year. They were adamant and so much was I. I found insurance cheaper than their's had been in the first place. I paid them exactly $8 for a number of years with Hartford insurance. Even my 401K with the Hartford ends tomorrow!

Barry N. Schmidt, D.D.S. wrote:
August 25, 2013

AARP is widely known for its liberal ideology. They started harrassing me to join when I was only 55, teasing me with such carrots as reduced hotel rates and other perks. I refused to join then, and I refuse now. They do not represent me or my concerns as to how our government is being run; in fact, their stance is quite opposite politically from mine. I never thought older people would be as vulnerable to AARP's pitchmen; I was wrong.

Doug wrote:
August 03, 2013

As a Benefactor member of the NRA I ask all those who oppose more gun laws not to join the AARP, those that have joined, resign. The AARP is a large non profit that collects money from you and does nothing for the retired. If you voted for Obama then stay with AARP.

Jim G wrote:
July 25, 2013

I e-mailed AARP 10 yrs. ago concerning gun ownership and their response was not as wishy washy as it is now. They are very much anti gun.I also think that sending back postage paid envelopes stuffed with heavy paper is a fine idea as they pay their postage by weight.It also works for other groups as well.

Ed D wrote:
July 12, 2013

I joined AARP for one year and never renewed because they had nothing to offer me that was of any benefit or could save me money. I had no idea about AMAC but it is now saved in my favorites. After I have time to review their website I will consider joining. Thanks.

JDB wrote:
June 29, 2013

It is very disappointing that AARP supports a mostly anti-gun philosophy. I have recently started receiving AARP marketing material, and I also am researching their policies. Based on my research, I will never become an AARP member is their anti-gun policies continue.

folkie johnson wrote:
June 27, 2013

I am at a loss what does AARP stand for.

Frank R wrote:
June 25, 2013

At 65 years a Retired Military I had to join Medicare. I had Medicare with a Health Services company in my city with Doctors my wife and I used before Medicare. Now 21 years later at age 86, AARP bought our Health Services Company/. You tell me how do I rid myself of them?

Mark wrote:
June 25, 2013

I'm 57 and started receiving advertising from AARP when I hit 50. It took me over 5 years to get them to stop there recruiting efforts. Joining AARP is no different than joining the communist party.

David Williams wrote:
June 05, 2013

Just one more reason I am glad I quit AARP several years ago. I joined to get cheaper auto and home insurance, but found I could find better, cheaper insurance elsewhere. They betrayed seniors by signing up to support Obamacare.

Gerald Graham wrote:
June 01, 2013

This is no surprise. I'v known for many years they where anti-gun ownership. Also on moral issues they were wishy-washy on there stand. I likewise upon learning there stand on these two issues I did not renew my membership. That was some twenty years ago.

WilliamP wrote:
May 25, 2013

I wonder where some of the people commenting have been for the past 25 years. AARP has NEVER been a viable rep for the elderly! NEVER! That said, it is clear for all to see that AARP is purely a Democratic Party organization that makes billions from insurance sales to the elderly and funnels huge amounts of those funds to left wing Democratic Party causes, including anti-gun organizations and individuals. It is primarily AARP's fault that obamacare is now gouging millions of the elderly by reducing Medicare benefits so that AARP can sell more health insurance. That's the absolute truth; five billion - 5,000,000,000,000 dollars of lost Medicare benefits to pay for obamacare - all from benefits formerly provided to the elderly. Wake up! If you belong to AARP, you are robbing yourselves to provide AARP executives and their employees righ salaries and benfits, while depriving seniors of benefits and services rightfully theirs. Cancel your AARP membership and join another senior advocacy group that will TRULY look out for your needs and rights, including the right to keep and bear arms. AARP thinks able seniors can't handle the very weapons that can save their lives. They think we "poor, old folks" need AARP's help in managing our lives. They are SO wrong. Dump the AARP in the garbage where it belongs! Cancel today and get some REAL help from genuine organizations who care about YOU and NOT themselves. I NEVER joined AARP because I've know for many years what a rip-off it is. I'm 77 years old so these dupes have been after me to join for 22 years. My response each and every time I receive an offer from them has been, and always will be is - "What part of 'NO' don't you ignoramuses understand?"

spy wrote:
May 25, 2013

ALL U FOLKS when u get mailers from aarp to join, return the prepaid envelop with NRA or Blue Cross materials. (or just tear some gun ad out of a hunting magazine) they WILL take u off their mailing list!

Nicholas Pagano wrote:
May 24, 2013

Thank you for aprising me of AARPs stand on firearms. I am going to get a letter off to them. If they don't respond I will resign my membership.

Raven66 wrote:
May 24, 2013

Joined AMAC.

Dan wells wrote:
May 23, 2013

aarp is one of the reasons we are stuck with oboma care,type in emails between white house and aarp concerning oboma care and read how sneeky aarp supported oboma.needless to say igot out of aarp,now this is even more reason to get out of this sneeky group,it looks like seniors support all this underhanded crap they do when seniors really don't.

Bruce Sdunek wrote:
May 23, 2013

I knew about AARP's stand since about 1960 when my parents got insurance through them. I was suprised, as my Dad was a strong NRA member. I too, have joined AMAC. That was after the Obamacare fisaco, which, as has been said, AARP has a big connection with.

Fred Bearman wrote:
May 22, 2013

This is just one of the reasons why I joined the Association for Mature American Citizens. But I do still let the AARP spend their money sending me invitations to join <g>.

eb grey wrote:
May 22, 2013

Instead of throwing those direct mail pieces in the trash, if they are postage paid, write your feelings on them and stick them in the mail. Even if they go to their partner advertisers, let them know too. I usually just write a sentence about their stand on O-Care, gun policy, and other liberal causes do not represent us. After a while, they delete your names.

Turf wrote:
May 22, 2013

After realizing AARP's unquestionable support for Obamacare a couple years ago, I wondered why and what was in it for them? Then I realized they had an insurance deal with the Obama admin. I got out of AARP then and never looked back! To hell with the libs....and they are so desperate for members they have been sending me stuff ever since!

William Hatcher ,USA ret wrote:
May 22, 2013

I knew about AARP being of sponsor of the Brady Bill when President Clinton got the bill passed. Iwould not join nor will my wife.They are a deceitful organization

George Brayer wrote:
May 22, 2013

I dropped AARP when they named Harry Belafonte Man of the Year. he is UN-american, and has bad-mouthed the USA repeatedly. I completely disagree with AARP policy on guns and gun ownership, so I will never again be a member!

Tom Malicki wrote:
May 22, 2013

Good luck getting rid of AARP. I quit AARP and it took 4 years, 4 letters and many phone calls to get those folks to stop calling me and sending me their pathetic plea for my business.

Ray Voyer wrote:
May 21, 2013

Yeah, let my AARP lapse after learning that they were to get over a billion dollars from O-care and the authority to offer a Medicare supplemental plan. Joined AMAC just this week, but too soon to realize any difference.

Charles L Blackmon wrote:
May 21, 2013

This why I throw their garbage where it belongs, in the trash. I believe in the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms as a mature adult.

Jim Dixon wrote:
May 21, 2013

Well now, this is a fine how do you do! I have been getting all kinds of literature from AARP for a long time now, actually ever since I retired and was oficially a senior citizen. I never joined and now I can send them a very good reason why! How dare them wanting to restrict me from buying any gun I want and then wanting to take the ones I have! Ain't gonna happen! Not now, not ever! I will be sending back the last packet they sent to my Wife and i and letting them know we will be looking to join AMAC. Thank You for getting us going.

Larry Destino wrote:
May 20, 2013

AARP is, as RoyBaty says, a branch of the Dem Party cleverly disguised to get info on Seniors. Just examine the people on their Board of Directors. All have ties to Dem organizations thru their companies and affiliations. Most folks don't even realize that by being AARP members that they are unknowing dupes of the Democrats. Furthermore there never was a deal on AARP products and services that I couldn't match or beat elsewhere.

John Wirts, A.U.s., Ret wrote:
May 19, 2013

I also contacted AARP when I heard of their support of Unconstitutional Gun Control laws. I too got the dog and pony show with no substance. I canceled my membership and told the representative why I was doing so. An better alternative with many benefits and a conservative outlook is AMAC!

Mr. Smith wrote:
May 07, 2013

I was naïve, as a member of I always thought that AARP was a grass roots group of seniors that could be used as a tool to influence the government. When I tried to voice my opinion to NOT support Obamacare because it is NOT beneficial to seniors I learned the truth. AARP is NOT an instrument of the people to influence the government[;] AARP is in fact a tool of the government to influence the people! It was then that I fired AARP and joined AMAC.

Charles wrote:
May 01, 2013

I never would join AARP. As a Life Member of the NRA, it just wouldn't make any sense for me. Or for anyone else, ever! With their smug, know-it-all attitude I want nothing to do with them at all.

RoyBaty wrote:
April 29, 2013

AARP is a branch of the democrat party, so there are many reasons to oppose AARP besides gun grabbing.

John Heple wrote:
April 27, 2013

I, too, never joined AARP because of their anti-gun, anti-American stance. And being 60, I am bombarded by their mailings. With that in mind, I figured they had too much money in their coffers, so now when I get their mailings with return postage paid, I fill their envelope with other junk mail and send it in. By the way, I joined AMAC also.

Rob wrote:
April 27, 2013

I've noticed in left wing media (NPR, internet, etc) that many liberal spokes-minions are lashing out at the NRA's clout in government. This while organizations such as the AARP are losing members while the NRA is gaining. Wonder where AARP stands on some other left wing fringe stances that we'd never figure anyone would support?

Bill Cash-R wrote:
April 25, 2013

Join AMAC instead of AARP! They are openly on the right side of this issue and many others and are working hard to replace AARP.

Mike Sullivan wrote:
April 23, 2013

I'm of age to join AARP and after learning of their position on gun control and it seems, their history of questionable support on other issues, that I've decided to not join them and furthermore to discourage any of my same age friends from doing so also.

David Stetson wrote:
April 23, 2013

I have been opposing AARP for years. All the reasons sighted here, plus their support of obamacare. They are not pro-senior, they are pro-what's good for AARP. If you feel you need representation join AMAC or ASA, both are far better and support pro-American ideals.

Bob wrote:
April 22, 2013

Some alternatives: Alliance for Retirement Prosperity (ARPA) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alliance-for-Retirement-Prosperity/108462252546951 American Seniors Association (ASA) http://www.americanseniors.org Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) http://amac.us

Norm wrote:
April 22, 2013

I've been gone from AARP for so long I can't remember when it was I left them. The reason I dropped them back then was not the gun issue, it was the lies they kept saying. They said that they were non-partisan and yet they supported all things liberal ( a term I would like to change to anti-American). I still read some of their stuff when I come across it just to see if someone on the board of directors have had a change of heart...so far they haven't and I don't believe they ever will. For them to say such things as, "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." is absolutely insane. And anybody that continues their membership with AARP for is supporting their anti-American agenda!

Jim wrote:
April 21, 2013

When you get one of the AARP mailing with a postage paid return envelope, stuff if with positive gun articles and send it back on their dime.

Ed Barnes wrote:
April 19, 2013

I have realized for some time that AARP is nothing but a front for the democrat party. I'd be surprised if they WEREN'T anti-gun! AMAC for me!

Henry Ruffin wrote:
April 19, 2013

I thought I was doing something "unique" when I loaded up postage paid return envelopes with junk mail to return to Obama and dems. I too joined AMAC.

James wrote:
April 19, 2013

I do not associate with or support any group that gives such a dodging way of not answering a question, meaning they do not support the People's Bill of Rights. The amount of influence the AARP should be giving to influence our Rights is of utmost importance. A gun is the only equalizer that can defend an elderly persons rights and life. This is a God Given Right of Self Defense and no one should ever give away any part of it. How dare the AARP be so vague but yet so telling when they support the Gun Grabbing Brady Bill. Disgusting! Never will I join idiots that put a lot of thought into being an idiot.

Mary S. wrote:
April 19, 2013

I disassociated myself with the AARP a few years ago and made up my mind never to join that organization again. My problem with them at the time was the way they cashed in on the Obamacare bill, by that I mean they made sure they would ultimately stand to gain. They had the temerity to hold a town hall meeting of sorts and actually insulted some of the people present who were asking sensitive questions. The moderator got herself so angry with the audience she picked up her stuff and walked out on them. That spoke volumes to me as it was obvious AARP is interested not in helping members but helping themselves to make money. I'm astounded that they still have so many members... which shows me that a great many American seniors have still not woke up yet.

Oscar Ray wrote:
April 19, 2013

If I get anything from them, I fill the envelope with junk mail and a note telling them in no uncertain terms what they can do with their organization and why I feel this way. I have not heard from them in 3 years.

Tim Irwin wrote:
April 19, 2013

Try what I now do. Every solicitation I receive from AARP, is returned to them, on their postal dime, in their postage paid envelope, with a statement that I decline membership and with a statement about their politics, I.e. health care, gun control, etc. If everyone does this, they will see their postal costs go up. Remember money talks, and if enough do this, their postal expenses will skyrocket!

Gordon wrote:
April 19, 2013

This is what caused my departure from AARP. I switched to AMAC - The Association of Mature American Citizens

Jim wrote:
April 19, 2013

Exactly the reason I didn't join them. I have since put other organizations on my will not support list, which includes Make a Wish and other charities.

Zermoid wrote:
April 19, 2013

Dump Them! Switch to AMAC - The Association of Mature American Citizens, they respect your God Given Rights!

Rick T wrote:
April 19, 2013

maybe they will send a cane with a sword inside, and start fencing lessons at the senior center.

Rick wrote:
April 19, 2013

just when we need firearms more than ever, at our age, they want to deny us the right of self defense. maybe they will provide a hoveraround to get away

John McP wrote:
April 19, 2013

I let the know in no uncertain terms that I did not support their position on "gun control" and that I would take them to court if they continued to send me solicitations. They did stop. Let them know exactly how you feel.

Stan S wrote:
April 19, 2013

Knew they were evil by all the other liberal policies they backed in Congress. I, too, upon getting unwanted mail from them, put it all back in the prepaid envelope and send it back.

Rich wrote:
April 19, 2013

As a joke, one of my old friends signed me up for this 'Hippy VA' program. I have hated the solicitations, and offers coming from them for years, now. I have tried to call and say, "take me off your list, I didn't join", but the tree killing propaganda still comes! I am more glad than ever, now retired, that I enlisted in the Army in '68, They offer a better plan, and don't mind if I keep up on my shooting skills!

Roger wrote:
April 19, 2013

This the reason I dropped out of aarp.

Jim Brown wrote:
April 19, 2013

AARP is a fraud. They pretend to be an advocate for older Americans when in fact they a simply an insurance broker and advertising medium for every kind of product. Politicians use AARP's fraudulent ID to their advantage when it suits them, I'd be shocked if AARP had any real power in DC as a lobbiest.

J.E. wrote:
April 18, 2013

My wife and I canceled our AARP membership over their support of Obamacare. As a physician, I am against the AARP position on both the (Un)affordable Healthcare act AND gun ownership.

Chris Milley wrote:
April 18, 2013

I terminated my membrship with AARP 5 years ago when I read their propaganda supporting the progressive movement and the politicians it supports. AARP appears on the surface to be "concerned grandparents" but really represent a group who care more about themselves and not about what legacy they leave for their grandchildren.

Riceinwa wrote:
April 18, 2013

AMAC is conservative, Pro-Second Amendment...let's make them the AARP of tomorrow. AMAC - The Association of Mature American Citizens <info@amac.us>

Jim Caines wrote:
April 18, 2013

Mr Robb, I am 65 now and years ago AARP sent me a membership card and application. After checking them out as you did, I cut the card in pieces and replied in appropriate Army Language what they could do with their membership application. Haven't heard from them since. They must have gotten the message. As a Vietnam Vet I disagree with their postions on weapons. Respectfully, JC

Buck wrote:
April 18, 2013

Well, if it took Mr. Robb years to determine that the AARP was a left-leaning organization, I don't think I need his input on any other topics.

Larry Hinton wrote:
April 18, 2013

I'm a 68 year old retired railroad clerk. I learned a long time ago about AARP'S anti-gun policy, and that's why every time I get one of their solicitations in the mail it goes straight to the trash. I never have and never will give one cent to the AARP.

Alan Thederahn wrote:
April 18, 2013

Look at Amacfor dis counts AARP is nothing more then a glorified insurance agency

Jerry G wrote:
April 18, 2013

Years ago I belonged to AARP until I found out how left wing they were so immediately dropped my membership. Not sure if I had my unused dues returned or not. Too many years have passed but know that I will never have anything more to do with them in the future.

Dee Jones wrote:
April 18, 2013

I had been an AARP member, but have cancelled since reading this. I will not support any organization that doesn't support our right to defend ourselves, even if we are old. Handguns especially, save more elderly lives than they harm. Without handguns, we quickly return to the rule of strong arm, this is already proven. I'm too old to fight off home invasion with a knife or hammer. I do not support AARP any longer, they'll not get another dime from me.

David Ryan wrote:
April 18, 2013

I dropped AARP for AMAC. Tired of my rights not being represented. And they rip off seniors with high prices for insurance. And I don't believe they truly represent seniors in health and medicine!

Eddy wrote:
April 18, 2013

I was not aware of AARP's "policy" on guns. Just the same I quit the organization in short order and banned them from contacting me over their support for and extremely poor behavior during the debacle of the current administration's destruction of the best medical care in the world. Their behavior was unconscionable. They do not represent free Americans on any front. Their position on destruction of the 2nd amendment merely solidifies this.

Mike Miranda wrote:
April 18, 2013

To heck with AARP! I cut my membership card up and sent it back to them in renewal envelope when they backed Obmacare. Just another money grabbing, liberal organization.

tk Williams wrote:
April 18, 2013

I've been sending their stuff back to them for some time now, but didn't know about the 1/4" trick. Will do it in the future!

Rich Baxter wrote:
April 18, 2013

This is why I am a member of Generation America instead of AARP. Generation America is pro 2nd amendment and anti Obama care. While not as large an organization as AARP, they do provide many of the same services. I am sure more will become available as their membership and resources grow. Please give them a look.

Michele wrote:
April 18, 2013

My husband and I had memberships years ago. We canceled them years ago, just based on reading their magazine's opinion statements. When the "discussions" about ObamaramaCare occurred a few years ago, and the "moderator" of an AARP discussion essentially turned the mic off and stomped off the stage in response to citizens' questions about what AARP was getting out of that "Act," it was clear to us that AARP is no more an organization "working for the elderly" than are the "death panels" built into ObamaramaCare. I regret the few dollars we spent on the short-lived memberships. I hope all current members will re-evaluate their association with an organization that is in this administration's hip pocket . . . working towards total control of Americans.

Owl Creek Observer wrote:
April 18, 2013

I dropped my AARP membership way back when they were strong supporters of Hillarycare during the Slick Willie administration. My opinion of them has not changed.

Dan Cameron wrote:
April 18, 2013

Why is it that when the first words out of someone's mouth is that they support the right to keep and bear arms, the next statement is that they want to take them away? Either you support the right of honest law abiding citizens to own firearms, or you don't! Simple!

Kenneth wrote:
April 18, 2013

Try AMAC - I dumped AARP over their anti-gun pro-Obamacare stances and joined a group who truly respects and speaks for me... AMAC!

Jim Harter wrote:
April 18, 2013

I am 61 I never joined aarp because I knew they were anti gun from the start. But thanks to the NRA for providing concrete proof they are anti gun.

Freedoms Guardian wrote:
April 18, 2013

Dear AARP, why is gun ownership hard to talk about? Because you know the truth is un-American, un-Constitutional, will most of all, talking about your anti-gun policy will hurt your bottom line.

Rick Russell wrote:
April 18, 2013

Went through the same BS when I was considering joining as I read they actually have paid lobbyists working in Washington on anti Second Ammendmet issues. They actually sent me an email stating that was true.I am sure their pay is comming out of the dues. Never joined. It's too bad one of the pro gun groups don't follow up on this and advise their members. Being a senior I need a firearm more now than I did 40 years ago to protect myself and family muscles arent what they used to be LOL

Don wrote:
April 18, 2013

I am a conservative and AARP is a liberal organization...we have nothing in common...they cannot represent me.

okiejim wrote:
April 18, 2013

It only took me two years as an AARP member to determine they do not have my best interests at heart. They are nothing more than useful idiots for the liberals in Congress and the Whitehouse. Dropped my membership and joined AMAC.

Glen wrote:
April 18, 2013

I have been shouting this to everyone around me, but only lately have people begun to hear it. Thank you for this article to share.

Bill wrote:
April 18, 2013

They used to send me a lot of junk mail until I wrote them about their 2A position. I told them I would never join because of that and to take my name off all lists.

Lynn Murray wrote:
April 18, 2013

The aarp has never spoken for me and will never do so. They are totally opposed to 99% of my views and I consider them much too liberal for me. I would never join this 'leftist' organization for any reason.

Tracy wrote:
April 18, 2013

What do I do with AARP mail. I take their postage paid envelope, wrap it around a brick or something equally heavy and send it back for them to pay the postage. they're still sending me stuff.

Mark wrote:
April 18, 2013

I let mine lapse as soon as I found out AARP was in favor of obamacare.

radioman1976 wrote:
April 18, 2013

Just another continuing reason to transfer their propaganda (that happens to find itself in my mailbox) into the landfill. Supporting Obamacare and gun control. My dollars need not go to your insipid organization.

Lonnie wrote:
April 18, 2013

I am glad that I let my AARP membership expire years ago. I will never join this leftist organization again.

John wrote:
April 17, 2013

Does the AARP Still Want Your Guns? Answer yes.

Tionico wrote:
April 15, 2013

after three years of their hounding me with junk mail, which ALL was returned to them on their nickel, they finally removed me from their maiing lists. glad I never got suckered. As to Costco, I don't care WHAT their policy is, I will still carry in their stores. They do NOT post the state mandated and specified signs, so their no gun policy cannot be enforced. Worst they can do is ask me to remove my weapon from their store. I can come back in once unarmed, and there is nothing they can do about it. State law lays out the guidelings, they don't bother following them.

Bob L. wrote:
April 15, 2013

Nearly at 55. I surely will not ever choose AARP. I know they are totally in lock step with Obama and Obamacare.The one world government crowd wants us to surrender our 2nd amendment and become sheep.

Carl Stevenson wrote:
April 15, 2013

I cancelled my multi-year membership and demanded a refund when they first supported Obamacare. I hadn't paid that much attention till then, then I became aware tht they are really just a big insurance broker that generates the vast majority if its revenue from insurance and supports leftist, statist political agendas. I'll never have anything to do with those slime balls again and I advise anyone who asks to avoid them like the plague. They are in it for the money and to support socialist agendas that are contrary to their members' interests.

Chris Paul wrote:
April 15, 2013

In two years they'll be looking for my money. They can kiss my Lilly-white behind in Macy's window! AARP is nothing more than a liberal advocacy group disguised as as a senior's benefit underwriter. Another way to funnel your $$ to the same persons that would deny you of your rights.

ICEMAN wrote:
April 15, 2013


Starbrander wrote:
April 15, 2013

AARP Will Get 1 Billion For Supporting O-Care

Khale Davison wrote:
April 15, 2013

Don't send AARP's mail back marked Return To Sender - The post office throws it away because their mailing permit won't pay to have it returned. INSTEAD, open it and take the entire contents of the ir letter, including the outside envelope, fold it up to fit inside their postage paid return envelope and try to make sure the result is a bit thicker than 1/4" (it costs more) then mail it back on their dime.

Frank W Brown wrote:
April 15, 2013

An ARMED Society is a POLITE Society! aarp promoted obummercare and now wants gun control? Bye-Bye aarp, see ya, wouldn't want to BE ya!

Mark wrote:
April 15, 2013

I also dropped them when they backed Obamacare. I will not have any dealings with any business that has anything to do with Obama.

Van Walter wrote:
April 14, 2013

I did not renew when I heard they supported Obamacare. It's just another Socialist front organization.

Jeanne wrote:
April 14, 2013

We also dropped AARP years ago when they came out backing Obamacare. I feel AARP is a self-serving company that does not have the best interest of Seniors in mind. I tell everyone when Medicare Advantage deteriorates under Obamacare's cuts, many of those who are enrolled in MA will lose their current health coverage and will be force back in traditional Medicare, where Medicare providers will be subject to further cuts. Plus AARP is a reconized name for many, and they will sign up for this secondary insurance. Unfortunatly they will discover when it's too late the coverage was VERY deceiving like the company. My thoughts on guns: When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have the guns.

Pam wrote:
April 14, 2013

Glad to see this report! My husband and I were just talking about this last night that we are now both eligible to sign up but wont be signing on with AARP and will look into AMAC THANK YOU FOR INFORMATION!

scott von wrote:
April 13, 2013

I have problems with AARP's ignorant stance on gun control and with AMAC's stance on abortion. Moderate conservative have no voice. I am against the Brady bill and any hint of gun control. I also believe in the right of the individual to control their own body. As far as safety we were better off when there were no regulations.

Saltporkdoc wrote:
April 13, 2013

I also joined AMAC instead. Happy I did! I find it unconscionable AARP would disarm a populace that they claim to serve! A populace which by definition suffers a disparity of force scenario! The sole purpose of AARP is t profit at their members' expense thru shoddy product and licensing fees. Hope they sleep well at night!

Mark wrote:
April 13, 2013

AARP has always been a left-leaning group, but these days it is more openly so. Some alternative groups which are conservative are - Generation America; American Seniors Association; The Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC); and the 60 Plus Association.

Paul wrote:
April 13, 2013

Why does AARP feel it needs a position on gun ownership at all? It really has nothing to do with its core business.

Mike wrote:
April 13, 2013

AARP's stand on ObamaCare is a clear indication of their liberal leanings. AARP supports gun control...Period!

Jr From MO wrote:
April 12, 2013

I canceled my membership years ago. I told everyone in my family about their agenda. We left a small hole in their membership. And every chance I get, I do my best to enlarge it.

Redpill wrote:
April 12, 2013

Because of AARPs attitude towards guns, I never joined. I'm not going to give my money to an organization that is working against me. They obviously don't care about the elderly, who need guns to protect themselves more than younger people do. But no matter your age, we all have an inherent right to be able to defend ourselves against thugs and a tyrannical government.

martin wrote:
April 12, 2013

My wife and I dropped AARP a year ago because they stand for everything that is hurting this great nation. Just think our membership money going to Obama and his sorry administration. Enough said. As to removing my weapons to protect my family, it will not happen.

Mary wrote:
April 12, 2013

Drop AARP we did and joined AMAC, they are better than AARP anyway. Any organization that has a backdoor opening to the White House especially this one isn't a good organization, they have something up their sleeves and it isn't good for Seniors or America.

Faye wrote:
April 12, 2013

I am so glad to see these comments about AARP (Absolutely Awful Ripoff Pukes)! I send all their mail back marked Return To Sender. I have been trying to convince people about the agenda of these deceitful snakes. I would do without if it meant I had to go with them!!

Pete meis wrote:
April 12, 2013

I am a senior citizen. DO NOT join AARP. Go to AMAC, a pro-American senior organization. Encourage your friends and relatives to drop AARP.

RGS wrote:
April 12, 2013

I never gave in to the pressure from AARP to join. Some of my elderly clients think it is mandatory and I explain what they represent and give them the alternative.

Frank Beckendorf wrote:
April 12, 2013

I cancelled our memberships right after the credit

Sivispace wrote:
April 12, 2013

AARP won't get my guns or my money. I'll be 50 in a little under two years and I will join the conservative alternative.

A Smith wrote:
April 12, 2013

I started reciving mail from them at the age of 48. I saw they supported obama and been throwing away their junk mail since. They want my money to run their death camp they can just keep on dreaming.

john wrote:
April 12, 2013

aarp will make millions from obama care so it's no surprise they will endorse his gun control antics. i was a member of aarp but i quit them several years ago because of their liberal agendas.

Doug Davisson wrote:
April 12, 2013

tthis is why i have canceled my AARP membership and joined AMAC, instead. they offer the same or better insurance and are pro- 2nd Amendment!

Isaac Kullman wrote:
April 12, 2013

I, too, was a multi year member but resigned my membership in 2008 when AARP supported Mr. Obama and eventually Obamacare. No brainer there!

m from ga. wrote:
April 12, 2013

AARP has a globle agenda; which is Anti-American.They fully supported the healthcare act.They are a lobby organization,that deceive the ederly.

Jon Andreas wrote:
April 12, 2013

I joined Amac instesd of AARP!

Larry Larson wrote:
April 12, 2013

I cancelled AARP and Bank of America for the same reasons. Both support Obama and are anti gun. Enough said.

David Willson wrote:
April 12, 2013

I was (see was] also a multiyear member. In the 2008 election it became clear that the AARP was a supporter of Obuma /liberal/socialist policy . When my membership expired I did not renew it in spite of numerous offers to do so. I consider the AARP an prime example of an organization that is ruinous to my country !!

Frank Sanders wrote:
April 11, 2013

These left wing liberals just don't get it. I will not extend my membership when it is due and will include a note telling them why.

Jerry Bassett wrote:
April 10, 2013

That's one of the many reasons why, when I joint the AARP some 27 years ago and received their first news letter and found out what they promoted and opposed, I stopped payment on my membership check and told them where they could stick it.

Jean Bartholomew wrote:
April 10, 2013

The AARP is in bed with Washington and I found that out last year when they supported Obamacare and while they said they did not endorse it (claim they can't), Obama often quoted the support of the AARP. So it is not surprising that their policy on gun control leans LEFT, FAR LEFT. They are not to be trusted and I blocked them from sending email to me. When my membership ends later this year, it will definitely not be renewed. I joined AMAC and seniors should consider that organization.

Mike wrote:
April 10, 2013

Looks like it's for NRARP- National Rifle Association of Retired Persons, where do I sign-up?

Dan O'Connor wrote:
April 10, 2013

I'm about 2.5 years out from the age 55 threshold for AARP membership. This is exactly the information I need to know. Thank you.

John wrote:
April 10, 2013

Thats why I did not join AARP.

James Sofchek wrote:
April 10, 2013

Well good for you. I'm 56 and I never even gave AARP a look, since they lay with the enemy. This is how we hit back, defunding, no matter how small. Thank you

John O'Connell wrote:
April 10, 2013

I have contacted them on many occasions over the past 10 years,I get virtually the same reply as you did.I will not support them,or any organization that tries to limit my ability to defend family & myself.

Bill Hansen wrote:
April 10, 2013

Two years ago I dropped my AARP membership because of this same concern

James McCown wrote:
April 10, 2013

because of their stand on gun policy I will never give a nickel nor join their organization

Ed Cook wrote:
April 10, 2013

A few months ago I sent the same email message to them more or less and received much the same answer. I told them why I was canceling my membership. To my surprise I did receive a refund on my dues.

Ed Bennett wrote:
April 10, 2013

this one of the reasons i left warp went to amax