Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg believes that grabbing guns and legislating what people can drink is God’s work.
In a New York Times report regarding a funding battle against the NRA, Bloomberg spoke of his past efforts as a nanny-stater in the context of religion.
Mr. Bloomberg was introspective as he spoke, and seemed both restless and wistful. When he sat down for the interview, it was a few days before his 50th college reunion. His mortality has started dawning on him, at 72. And he admitted he was a bit taken aback by how many of his former classmates had been appearing in the “in memoriam” pages of his school newsletter.
But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”
Bloomberg was discussing a new personally financed $50 million dollar initiative to combat the NRA’s efforts to secure Second Amendment rights. The new organization, described as a grassroots effort despite the $50 million investment, will seek to punish politicians who do not support the gun-grabbing agenda.
The move appears to be an attempt to sweep Bloomberg’s other failed attempt at extreme gun control, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), under the rug.
That organization has been hemorrhaging members by the dozens. Some were at odds with the group’s intentions to confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens. Others left because of heavy-handed punishing tactics against politicians. Still others left after being sentenced for their own gun crimes.
MAIG was also well known for such controversial tactics as politicizing school shootings before the bodies were cold.
In other words, $50 million will be spent on changing the organization’s name and executing the same procedures.
The other part of this entry into heaven statement involves the ban on large sodas in New York City. Limiting soda intake Bloomberg explained, is simply “forcing you to understand” what is for your own good.
The statement, “forcing you to understand” may be chilling to you or I, but it’s a stepping stone beyond the pearly gates in Bloomberg’s mind.