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America On Line Needs To Be Turned Off Line

by Larry Pratt
Executive Director

Gun Owners of America


Let me fully disclose my feelings about America On Line. I do not like the company. I do not like their politics and I do not like their service.

When I had America On Line I frequently found it impossible to download big programs. They would take so long that the little dialog box would pop up and tell me when I wasn't looking that I had not been using the computer, and would I like to stay connected? By the time I looked at the screen again I was off line.

I concluded that America On Line would be better named America Off Line. So, I turned them off permanently.

Now I am urging you to do the same. Even if you like the quality of their service. By patronizing AOL you are aiding and abetting the enemy.

Please let me explain.

Reports are frequently received at Gun Owners of America that AOL filters out pro-Second Amendment web sites.

Now, AOL has decided to escalate their war against our firearms freedoms. The Ogden, Utah office has fired three men pretty much because they are gun owners.

Luke Hansen, Paul Carlson and Jason Melling were well aware of the anti-self defense prohibition on guns in the workplace at AOL where they worked. They respected this dangerous workplace requirement.

However, one day they were in the parking lot which is leased, but not owned by AOL. On their own time, they were seen transferring firearms from their trunks to Hansen's trunk for an expedition to the shooting range.

Because of that, they were fired. The three are in court, but more should be done to support these three freedom fighters.

Sarah Thompson, a medical doctor and director the Utah Gun Owners Alliance has called for a boycott of AOL. I agree.

I would urge that you do two things.

Contact the folks at on the web and sign up for their internet access service. If all you want is e-mail, that is free. The internet service is competitively priced with AOL and is for unlimited service.

Then, call to cancel your AOL service so that you can tell an AOL representative why they are losing your business. Be polite; but be firm. You could also call the AOL national representative in Northern Virginia who is covering this issue, Nicholas Graham, and tell him what you have done. His number is 1-703-265-1746.

You might ask him if his policy would have stopped the killing of the seven people in the Wakefield, MA dot com office.

This is a "two-fer," folks; you're helping a great group at (where you ought to be checking every day for firearms related news, anyway) and no longer will you be enriching a rabidly anti-gun company.

Larry Pratt is Executive Director of Gun Owners of America located at 8001 Forbes Place, Springfield, VA 22151 and at on the web. As from Day One, we consider GOA's policies in D.C. to be a model for the NRA to follow. If the NRA has GOA's No Compromise stance, America's gun rights would be much more intact than they are today. Sign up for the GOA email alerts on their website right here: They have a state list for you, and a national/federal list, as well.

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