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On his show today, Rush Limbaugh told a story about attending a dinner party in New York City in the 1990s where Republican guests debated gun control. Limbaugh recounted telling a Nixon Administration official who favored gun control, “I'll give you my gun if you can promise me that when I leave this apartment tonight nobody else out there will have one either.” Limbaugh said he repeated the point: “Now, if you can promise me that nobody in Central Park is gonna have a gun tonight when I walk out of your apartment, then maybe we can talk."

But at that time (as it does now), New York City required a license to carry a concealed weapon, and it's virtually impossible to believe that a private citizen like Limbaugh would have qualified for the license. If he didn't have a license, then Limbaugh was breaking the law when he claims to have carried around a gun for self-protection on Fifth Avenue. So did Limbaugh just confess to being a law breaker?

Of course, it's entirely possible that Rush's gun story, like many of the things he says, was simply invented out of thin air. As I note in my book about Limbaugh, he often makes up stories (in addition to making up facts) to feed his enormous appetite for self-aggrandizement. Back in 2006 when Rush confessed to breaking the law by doctor-shopping for his massive pill addiction, he was banned from owning a firearm for 18 months. At the time, Rush indicated that this restriction on guns didn't bother him because he didn't own any.

Limbaugh loves to depict himself as a heroic gun-toting right-winger standing up against the “establishment Republicans.” The reality is that Limbaugh doesn't really care about guns. He cares only about attacking the liberals who want gun control in the face of yet another tragedy. So we may never know if Rush is a criminal who illegally carried a gun, or just a liar.

Crossposted at LimbaughBook.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    The Most Dangerous Man in America: Rush Limbaugh's Assault on Reason (www.limbaughbook.com).

    by JohnKWilson on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 03:19:39 PM PST

  •  Who? (9+ / 0-)

    "I'm totally pro-choice in the matter of abortion. But of course I'm also so radically pro-life that I think every person from birth onward must have full and affordable access to healthcare." - Gail Collins

    by gritsngumbo on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 03:25:19 PM PST

    •  lol -excellent (0+ / 0-)

      from assoc editor (ugh, me) 'Rush Redux,' DowntownLALife.com Magazine

      i came to same conclusion at end of column

    •  he's the guy that's been kicking librul ass for 20 (0+ / 0-)

      yrs while while libruls asked "who?"

      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 05:16:30 PM PST

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      •  Instead of (0+ / 0-)
        "kicking librul ass"
        I think you must have meant "talking out of his ass".

        "I'm totally pro-choice in the matter of abortion. But of course I'm also so radically pro-life that I think every person from birth onward must have full and affordable access to healthcare." - Gail Collins

        by gritsngumbo on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 05:56:33 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  he stands on every corner and stump in the US (0+ / 0-)

          protected by call screeners and fed by think tanks.  the message is reinforced and repeated by hundreds of other national and local carnival barkers on 1000 plus stations and fox, blasting the same think tank talking points.

          they've been screaming out their asses but they definitely have been kicking librul ass. and in the worst way - libruls hardly know it.

          This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

          by certainot on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 06:48:44 PM PST

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  •  He's teflon... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mentatmark, Tonedevil, PeteZerria

    He's already been busted for being a junkie and got a slap on the wrist.

    Then he got busted for coming back into the US from the Dominican Republic, known for it's child sex trade, with a bottle of Viagra in someone else's name. It barely made the papers.

    I could go on. ;-)

    •  djM - the statute would have run on gun charge (2+ / 0-)
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      Bill W, djMikulec

      so it could not be prosecuted, even if it was true.

      The reason that the Viagra incident didn't get much play is because no laws were broken. In Florida you can have a prescription issued in the name of your physician to protect your privacy. Once the immigration officials and local law enforcement verified with Limbaugh's physician (the name on the bottle) that he had prescribed the Viagra for Limbaugh, the issue was dropped because there was no crime.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 04:45:49 PM PST

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      •  Thanks for clarifying (0+ / 0-)

        Regarding the Viagra incedent. Although...

        Can you imagine the uproar and outrage from the Right if it had been a progressive commentator who got caught like this? I mean, look how they constantly went after Olbermann who was just doing his job.

  •  The "air" that comes out his rear end (2+ / 0-)
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    Mentatmark, Tonedevil

    can't be thin .

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 03:35:52 PM PST

  •  Anthony Cumia from the Opie and Anthony show (0+ / 0-)

    has a license to carry in NYC so it's possible.  Probably was just telling a made up anecdote.

  •  We know the latter is true (0+ / 0-)
    So we may never know if Rush is a criminal who illegally carried a gun, or just a liar.
  •  Let's assume the story is true. (0+ / 0-)

    I want to see Rush walk through Central Park at night, with or without a gun.

    If he has a gun, I want to be able to put odds on a criminal with a gun out and ready to use against a bloated, pansy-ass, drug user who has just left a party and has, no doubt, imbibed a bit of alcohol, who has concealed somewhere a handgun.  

    Sorry, Rush.  Carrying a gun doesn't make you Jack Reacher.  It just makes you more of an idiot.  And that's saying something.

    The electoral college was my safety school.

    by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 04:25:00 PM PST

  •  I tried to listen to his show today... (1+ / 0-)
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    Oh Mary Oh

    ... but gave up.  The man is as lost as everyone else with regard to this tragedy, so he decided to fall back on the FreedomWorks talking points to get himself through.  

    David Hardegree DOES deserve a hat tip though, for this prescient diary.  During the show Rush equated the media's reporting of the Sandy Hook tragedy with the Benghazi attack.  In essence saying that all of the initial reporting was wrong.  However, Rush went on to say that the erroneous reporting was done to drive the librul agenda of gun control, so I guess Fox is a librul reporting organization too - who knew??

    I did hear Rush's BS about his 2nd Amendment dinner party, but I was pretty damned bored with him by then.  I did laugh when he ended the segment with the following gem:

    People ask, what did he say to me? He thought that I was as simple-minded and knee-jerk NRA as I could be. He thought I was the idiot, and that is the reaction that erudite elitists have toward people they think are the hoi polloi. (Bolding provided by me)
    It was also amusing to hear a college dropout who made a shitload of money for basically telling stories on the radio say that today's youth is too interested in fame for fame's sake.  Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
    I have spoken often on this program, I've had a deep concern for a number of years over what I have seen throughout the young population of this country is this quest for fame.  This desire to have everything known about them, just vomiting details about themselves all over Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, whatever.  To me, it's been a serious problem.  Fame is a very seductive thing.  See, everybody wants to be known, and everybody wants their life to matter.  Everybody wants their life to have meaning.
    Poor Rush is concerned that young people want as cushy a life and be as famous as he is by basically following his template.

    I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

    by Hey338Too on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 04:37:25 PM PST

  •  actually (0+ / 0-)

    famous people and rich people can usually get a permit in New York City

  •  Too much OxyContin (0+ / 0-)

    U can't believe anything drug limbaugh says.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 07:19:47 PM PST

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