RUSH: Look at this. Right here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers. Politico: "Doctors Can Report Some Mentally Ill Patients to FBI Under New Gun Control Rule -- Delivering on its promise to deliver 'common sense' gun control, the Obama administration on Monday finalized a rule that enables health care providers to report the names of mentally ill patients to an FBI firearms background check system.
"The action was one of a series of steps that President Barack Obama had called for in January 2013 in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings. ... While the 1993 Brady law prohibits gun ownership by individuals who have been involuntarily committed, found incompetent to stand trial or otherwise deemed by a court to be a danger to themselves or others, federal health care privacy rules prohibited doctors and other providers from sharing information without the consent of their patients."
But now if a doctor thinks that you're wacko, they gotta call the FBI. What do you think the doctors in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, are gonna do now? Have you seen that Making a Murderer? People have got to watch this. If I start talking about it, it will be spoiler after spoiler after spoiler. The only thing I'm gonna tell you is when you watch it -- and you will watch it -- the Avery family and friends. Don't forget this. The Avery family and friends, exactly what Washington elites think of you bitter clingers.
That's who they think you are. All of you. All of you pro-lifers. All of you common, ordinary, everyday conservatives, that's who they think you are. And I'm not exaggerating. That's who they think you are. IQs of 70, incest. I'm gonna stop there. Don't want to go anymore with spoiler alerts. So now remember what I told you way, way, way back in the early days of Obamacare and the debate, before it became law via budget reconciliation. Don't forget that, either.
Obamacare became law without one Republican vote. It was done in budget reconciliation, the only trick they would come up with to get it passed. This is a real scary thing. Empowering doctors to report anybody they think is mentally ill to the FBI? How many of you, you all have a family out there, there's at least one in your family you think's nuts, right? Some of you have even more than one that you think is nuts. Some of you have people in your own family you would commit if you could. As Ross Perot once famously said, "We've all got the crazy aunt up in the attic, Larry."
Well, now some doctor, almost responsible and required to report the mentally disturbed person to the FBI. When the government has complete control of your health care, they own you. And that's why Obama and the left want and wanted socialized medicine. 'Cause once they have that, they can control everything you do. They can control what you eat. They can control every aspect of your life, because they can assign a financial value to it, thereby claim that the way you live is high risk and deny you health coverage.
So you have to change the way you live, change the things you do in order to qualify. They've got you by the shorts, folks, and this is exactly why they want it. It isn't about better health. It isn't about treatment. It isn't about affordable insurance. It's about total control of the country. So here comes an executive order empowering, requiring doctors to report mentally ill people to the FBI. And then what? What happens then? Well, the FBI can do whatever they want. Whatever they come in and do, how you gonna stop 'em? It's the FBI, for crying out loud. Federal law enforcement. What are you gonna do? You are under their power at that point.
RUSH: This doctors reporting patients who are mentally ill jogged my memory. So I went to the encyclopedia of the World Wide Web, and that's RushLimbaugh.com. My website is a veritable encyclopedia, especially about items discussed on this program. Lo and behold, you knew this all sounded familiar. Back on January 16th of 2013 (it's almost three years ago), I predicted this vis-a-vis Obamacare, because three years ago we reported on the story that the Regime or the administration had deputized gun-snitch doctors.
This story three years ago was about doctors, under the tenets of Obamacare... If you were listening, you'll remember this. Doctors were being ordered, instructed to talk to patients and get information from them about gun ownership, where the guns are in their house if they have them, who has access to the guns in their house, and where the ammunition is kept. Three years ago, doctors were told (quote, "permitted") to do this. Doctors were permitted to ask their patients these questions about guns. It essentially is deputizing doctors as agents of the state.
So I knew that Obama using doctors rang a bell.
I knew remembered this.
And, lo and behold, that's what I remembered. That's what we found with a scan of RushLimbaugh.com three years ago. So now, today, Obama is allowing and even demanding that doctors report mentally ill patients to the FBI. You know this is a common tactic in communist and totalitarian countries. It was famously used in the Soviet Union. It's still used in Cuba, and it is used in communist China. The way it works is, anybody that disagrees with the regime is labeled mentally ill or can be labeled mentally ill if they express a point of view that objects to the ruling government's point of view.
I'll give you a great example. That would be climate change. You have no doubt heard all of the vitriol and anger aimed at people who don't believe in man-made global warming; they're called "deniers." Others on the left have proposed that they be shut up, that they be denied the opportunity to speak and comment on various websites like Facebook, Twitter, you name it. It's not a stretch for someone to claim they are mentally ill. "They do not understand. They pose a great risk to their neighborhoods and their communities and the world because they don't understand the dangers of climate change.
"That is a mental illness." You get a doctor to claim somebody who thinks that climate change is no big deal, is mentally ill, and who knows what can happen to 'em? They'll commit them or whatever and get them out of the circulation of the mainstream. Do not think this is beyond the stretch of the imagination. This is who these people are. Remember, they're not interested in debating anybody. They're not interested in a debate in the arena of ideas with public opinion determining the winner.
There is no alternative point of view, and there should not be one that's justified and permitted, as far as radical leftists are concerned. So it's not a stretch here. So you go from three years ago to doctors being permitted, as part of Obamacare... This is part of qualifying for Obamacare. Doctors ask you where your guns are in your house, where the ammo is, how hard is it to get to the guns that you have, and they must report that. Now doctors can report anybody they claim to be mentally ill, to the FBI.
What do you think's gonna happen to a doctor...? Let's just pick one. Doctor Snerdley decides to inform the FBI that some patient of his who happens to be a political opponent of the Regime is mentally ill. Do you think that doctor might be rewarded somehow, for getting an enemy of the state off the street by reporting them as mentally ill? It's not far beyond what is legitimately possible here. And I know most people, when presented with what I've just described, say, "Come on, Rush! Don't be silly. That's absolutely stupid, ridiculous, would never happen."
Well, 20 years ago, 25 years ago there are things that are routine today that everybody back then thought would never happen. Today they're routine. So don't say that they could never happen. The fact of the matter is, there's a political party today that wants things like this to happen. They're beginning to happen. What are you...? A doctor can report mentally ill people to the FBI. For crying out loud, doctors can take surveys of their patients on gun control, gun ownership and so forth and so on.
RUSH: Try this headline, Washington Free Beacon: "Obama: I’m ‘Confident’ My Gun Control Measures Won’t Violate Second Amendment." Really? You are confident? Isn't that something that either is or isn't? Either violates it or it doesn't. What do you mean, you're confident? You're gonna wait for some judicial review panel to decide? It means it's up for grabs? Which means he is violating the Constitution, the Second Amendment, and is happy to be doing so. That's the whole point of the Obama administration to blow up that document. The whole point of the Obama administration is to render the Constitution something akin to a relic that's out of touch and no longer relevant. There's no question that's the purpose of this administration, when you get right down to it.
Greetings, and welcome back, folks, great to have you, Rush Limbaugh here at 800-282-2882, e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com.
Did you see the story out of California that came with the dawn of the new year? California, governor Jerry Brown signed it into law, just enacted and signed into law legislation that allows family members to report unstable gun owner relatives to the police. And then when that happens, the police have to come and take that person's guns away from them. So in California it's been signed into law. Family members are now allowed, quote, unquote, to report unstable gun owner relatives. So if you happen to live in a family that's mostly lib and you're a conservative and you've got guns, they can report you as unstable. And the definition of your instability is that you have a gun. And at that point the cops are required to pay you a visit.
Meanwhile, the attorney general Loretta Lynch has received a letter from John Culberson, Republican, Texas, member of the House. He's chairman of the appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Justice Department. He has warned Loretta Lynch against enforcing Obama's new gun laws. Regulations, I should say. He said: "I have formally notified Attorney General Lynch that I will aggressively protect our Second Amendment rights using Congress' power of the purse. I notified the attorney general that if the Department of Justice attempted to create new restrictions on our Constitutional rights that I would use every tool at my disposal to immediately restrict their access to federal funding."
In other words, he said he's gonna use the power of the purse. It means he's gonna defund or hold up the Department of Justice budget. Now, this is a Republican. His name again is John Culberson. We have to keep in mind here that the threat might well be empty, given -- I mean, the Republican leadership, the media goes crazy on this, they might withdraw it, but at least Congressman Culberson has at least advanced the idea that with this Regime overreach, it's entirely possible he could lead an effort to restrict the full funding of the budget of the Department of Justice.
RUSH: Here's Cindy, Champaign, Illinois, as we head back to the phones. I'm glad you waited, and welcome to the program. Hi.
CALLER: Hey, right out of the gate, just wanted to say I am a pro-gun individual, you know, legally, with boys, and we follow all of the statutes --
RUSH: Wait, see, see, wait, wait, wait, wait, see what just happened? She felt the need to add that she's legal, "I'm a pro-gun advocate. But wait, legal, legal." Of course we never doubted that you were a criminal.
RUSH: That's how they trying to stigmatize.
CALLER: I'm just sticking with you. Okay, the issue I have with what you said is you said as a result of Obama's speech today, that if you have a mentally disabled person in your home, the laws change on how you store your guns and ammunition. However, I can only speak to the state of Illinois. I'm a health care professional and a law-abiding citizen, and I have our Illinois statutes printed out every year, 'cause they change, and that was on the books years ago. So nothing changed, and your statement of "as a result of his speech today you will have to do such-and-such," at least in the state of Illinois, it's been that way for quite some years.
RUSH: Well, right. Now, wait. You're getting confused, because three years ago is when it began that doctors and nurses, but doctors specifically were asked by virtue of Obamacare to start asking patients where their guns were in their houses, if they had them and where the ammunition was.
CALLER: No. I got that pamphlet in the mail. So you're telling a half-truth, at least for my state, a half-truth for my state. You need to get the information from pamphlets that were sent out to health professionals at that time for each state. It does not say you ask where the gun is. It asks sensible things like, "Are you gonna hurt yourself?" If they of course said, "Yes," you know, "Do you have access to a way to do that? Are you planning on hurting someone else?" But nothing on that said that I have to ask him where is your gun and so forth. I got that information. And that was from my state, not from Obama. That was from my state, and I know federal trickles down to state, but I take a little issue with some of your blanket statements when most of it was common sense prior to that, but it is state statute in Illinois a long time ago that if say grandma had dementia and she lived with you, that you had a certain way to store that. And that's just called gun responsibility.
RUSH: All I am telling you is what we learned in 2013 as Obamacare came online, the things that it was requiring and empowering doctors to do from the federal level. In California, family members can report gun owning relatives to the police. As of this month the police have to confiscate the guns. I'm not making anything up here and I'm not generalizing anything.
CALLER: You think that's new? Do you think that's new if somebody calls the police and they say, "Hey, my brother's gonna shoot himself. He's got a gun in his house. He just said he's gonna hurt himself," do you think there's not a civic responsibility to go, "Hey, investigate that."?
RUSH: That's not what this is.
CALLER: Yes, it is.
RUSH: It's always been the case that if you see somebody that you think is gonna use a gun in a bad way you call the cops.
CALLER: Okay --
RUSH: This is doctor's now being required to report mental instability or whatever to the FBI, and three years ago this was doctors now being asked to survey their patients on where the guns were in their house, if they had guns in their houses. It is part of Obamacare. Now, you can sit there and try to defend this all you want. I've got no reason to make this up. I'm not making any of it up.
CALLER: Okay, you need to print it out then, because there was nothing said today that said that they were going to take your guns if so-and-so called and said you're mentally unstable. They don't have time for that.
RUSH: Of course it's not printed out. This is the whole point. Of course Obama did not announce it today. This is what you ferret out when you learn what's in his regulations. There are hundreds of them. He didn't announce the details here. He's speaking in broad brushes about good intentions and safety and all this other folderol that's really not the motivation for any of this. The California law is new, as of this month. The thing in 2013 about doctors being required to survey their patients on whether they own guns or not. That's part of Obamacare. It is federal. And the new thing from doctors being required to report to the FBI is new. It is something that is part of the Obama regulations executive orders that he is announcing.
There are 4,000 of them, Cindy. There are 4,000 gun and other Obama executive regulations that have been enacted or will be in just the past two months. There are more than anybody can keep charge of, keep track of. Obama's not on TV announcing every detail. He doesn't dare do this. This is the kind of thing that you're not supposed to know. This is this kind of thing that would let you stand up and oppose it. This is the stuff that's gonna happen after the sweetness and light is all explained by Obama.
I have no reason to lie to anybody about this, and furthermore if I am lying and exposed, what good does that do me? No interest in that. Anyway, I'm sorry, I misunderstood you when you called. You said you're a legal gun owner. I was trying to say, look what you have to do. Nobody here thinks you're a criminal, but you, because of the conversation on guns now, you felt compelled to tell us that you are a legal gun owner. And I'm just telling you that's how this works. You are on the way to already being stigmatized, and you support the guy, even.
RUSH: Our last caller, Cindy in Illinois, was saying that they already are required to store their guns safely if some mentally unfit persons lives in the house. That's not what... (snide impression) "So you're painting with a broad brush! You're making it up! N'yah, nyeah! We already have to do that. It's state not federal." By the way, being "state" of Illinois doesn't give me all that much comfort. "Oh, well, no big deal then." But the fact is that's not what Obama's talking about. This is not about storing; this is now doctors reporting to the Feds, A, if you have guns, and then, B, WHERE THEY ARE. Not how. WHERE THEY ARE. Ditto ammunition.
Whether you've got a mentally unstable person in your house or not, that's three years ago. What's new is doctors now being required or asked -- I'm not sure which -- to call the FBI if they think somebody's unstable. I wasn't talking about storage and behavior. This is about reporting! This is about using citizens to report on other citizens to the government, and it's part of Obamacare. And it's now part of these regulations that he's announced, these executive orders that he's announcing all this week.
Today was just the party. This is a political pep rally today! It wasn't an announcement ceremony. It wasn't like we just signed a bill, legislation, into law, and we have all the parties that made it possible up to the White House for the signing ceremony. This was a political pep rally they had up there today, about Obama deciding to go ahead and do this even though Congress won't. And saying (impression), "I don't think that I'm violating Constitution. I'm pretty confident I'm not." Really? You're not sure? (chuckling) A bunch of BS.