Michael Bloomberg: ‘I Have Earned My Place in Heaven’

The former New York City mayor is confident that his latest $50 million gun-control initiative has secured him a happy afterlife.

The light of God shines on him.
National Journal
Matt Vasilogambros
April 16, 2014, 5:07 a.m.

“I had a dream I could buy my way to heav­en.” Who said it: Kanye West or Mi­chael Bloomberg?

Well, the rap­per did. But Bloomberg’s re­cent com­ments in a New York Times in­ter­view on his post-may­or­al ca­reer are not far off.

Bloomberg is start­ing an­oth­er gun-con­trol ad­vocacy group, fol­low­ing his last ven­ture with May­ors Against Il­leg­al Guns. But this time, in­stead of fo­cus­ing on tele­vi­sion ads, he wants to build a grass­roots net­work that can rival the Na­tion­al Rifle As­so­ci­ation. He’s pour­ing $50 mil­lion of his money in­to the ef­fort.

The new group, which is tar­get­ing 15 states, is called Everytown for Gun Safety, and will primar­ily fo­cus on the back­ground check sys­tem and not ne­ces­sar­ily on ban­ning cer­tain types of guns.

Bloomberg is proud of him­self, too — ready for his Judg­ment Day.

“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,” he told re­port­er Jeremy Peters. “I have earned my place in heav­en. It’s not even close.”

So,  the bil­lion­aire former may­or thinks God likes him. But what about mere mor­tals?

“I don’t know what your per­cep­tion is of our repu­ta­tion, and mine, the name Bloomberg around the coun­try,” he said. But every place he goes, he ad­ded, “You’re a rock star. People yelling out of cabs, ‘Hey, way to go!’ “

Bloomberg’s $50 mil­lion con­tri­bu­tion is not chump change. As The Times points out in its art­icle, the NRA spends $20 mil­lion an­nu­ally.

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