Before featuring in National Geographic’s new show Doomsday Prepper, David Sarti visited his doctor complaining of chest pains, only to have the doctor later commit him to a psychiatric ward and alert authorities, before Sarti was declared “mentally defective” and put on an FBI list that strips him of his second amendment rights.
Sarti, a resident of Lebanon Texas, visited a cardiologist named Andre C. Olivier, M.D., who examined Sarti and then told him tests would be run. After hearing nothing for two months, Sarti called to make another appointment.
The doctor informed Sarti there was nothing wrong with his heart but that he could have tubes inserted to help alleviate his breathing difficulties.
When Sarti refused to have tubes inserted, Olivier insinuated that he could be suicidal and insisted on Sarti going to the emergency room.
Sarti refused and left the hospital but within 15 minutes of arriving home, police arrived at his house and forcibly took him to the emergency room.
Sarti was subsequently placed in hospital for observation for a period of four days before an attorney and then a judge arrived to hear his story.
Sarti repeatedly emphasized to doctors that he was not suicidal and would not commit suicide because of his Christian beliefs.
When Sarti later attempted to purchase a Glock 21 firearm, he was flagged up by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and refused the sale.
When he appealed, he received a letter from the FBI stating that he had been declared “mentally defective” and was not allowed to own firearms.
Sarti says he attempted to get legal defense from the NRA, who initially indicated that they would be able to help but ended up refusing to take his case.
Gun Owners of America are now talking with Sarti about setting up a legal defense fund for gun owners with similar problems.
In a more recent update Sarti said that the guns he already owned had not yet been seized but that he had moved them from his property to another location.
Sarti now says that there is little point in him continuing his lifestyle as a “prepper” because he cannot own firearms and he is a sitting duck with “nothing left to live for”.
He has appealed to the Governor and a State Senator who he campaigned for in an attempt to get help but was ignored.
After explaining what happened to him, Sarti received thousands of messages of support from the ‘prepper’ community and has agreed to carry on presenting his You Tube show which covers all aspects of the survivalist movement, after first hinting that he would sell all his animals and look to leave the country.
Sarti’s story again underscores how people who have chosen to live ‘prepper’ lifestyles are being targeted by authorities.
The FBI warned that people who oppose taxes and regulations, as well as those who believe the U.S. should have never left the gold standard, are potential domestic terrorists.
The federal agency has also sent out flyers as part of its Communities Against Terrorism program that list bulk buying of storable food as a potential indication of terrorist activity.