NRA endorses Gov. Bobby Jindal at Cabela's in Gonzales

Michael Tortorich
Gov. Bobby Jindal

National Rifle Association officials announced the organization's endorsement of Gov. Bobby Jindal Wednesday afternoon.

They chose the Gonzales Cabela's, an outdoors superstore, as the backdrop to break the news.

A crowd gathered around the main display, which features outdoors scenes, to await the governor's arrival. After a brief delay, Jindal and his entourage appeared upstairs. The governor greeted those in attendance as he made his way to the podium.

"People in Washington have it exactly backwards," Jindal emphasized in his opening statements, referring to government intrusion into the lives of citizens.

He said larger government threatens freedom.

Jindal recalled the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He said Louisiana was the first place in the United States where governement took guns from law-abiding citizens.

"I never imagined it would happen here in Louisiana, Sportsman's Paradise," Jindal said.

When law-abiding citizens are armed, criminals "think twice" before victimizing, he said.

Jindal touted laws that assure confiscation of guns never happens again.

"(The government) works for us, not the other way around," Jindal said.

The governor will seek a second term in the Oct. 22 election.

Willie Robertson addresses the crowd.