As the Washington Times reported, Bloomberg made the comments in an interview with the New York Times while he was discussing his “plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence.”
“I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed,” Bloomberg said. “I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”
Jindal refuted Bloombergs’ comments, calling him out at an opening event at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting.
“Seems to me like this is a guy who could learn some humility,” Mr. Jindal said at an opening event at the NRA’s annual meetings. “And it seems like the NRA can be the first to teach him some humility this November.”
“This wasn’t caught by accident,” Mr. Jindal said of the remarks. “This wasn’t somebody eavesdropping like they did with the president when he accused us of bitterly clinging to our guns and religion. And maybe I’m not smart enough to take that as an insult, because in Louisiana clinging to our gun[s] and religion is actually a good thing and we’re proud of it.”
“I’ve said this earlier — I’d rather have the men and women of the NRA than Mayor Bloomberg and his $50 million,” Mr. Jindal continued. “I’d much rather have [the] men and women of the NRA than [Attorney General] Eric Holder. I’d rather have the men and women of the NRA than President Barack Obama.”
Bloomberg told the New York Times that his effort to push gun control will focus primarily on women and mothers for organizing and outreach. The former mayor is looking to re-structure the current gun control organizations that he funds, including Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Now, Bloomberg will form one gun control super-group called Everytown for Gun Safety. The group will target 15 states where the issue is a hot-topic, such as Colorado, Washington, Texas, Montana and Indiana.