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Voters can fight against loss of rights

Many people admire and revere former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Looking at this differently, as do many others, I see a clear and present danger to all Americans. With his massive power and money, he can and did push his will violating our rights. The large sugar soda issue alone shows he disregards our rights given to us by both God and the Constitution.

Is he above all this? He truly fits the phrase “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” As one of the world’s richest people, he has tremendous power to buy governments and shape minds. His stand on guns, though well sounding, is a play on the fears of innocent people. The track record shows there are many more gun accidents by others than by the average legal gun owner. In New York City, a gunman was cornered in a building, gunned down by law enforcement, and seven innocent people were hit. None of the bullets came from the gunman.

Also, an honorably discharged, decorated U.S. Marine, with an otherwise legal carry permit, went to the police and was thrown in jail after finding the rules were different in New York City.

I support law enforcement, so I won’t go on.

Following some of Bloomberg’s media statements, I pondered, are we seeing 1930s Germany again, where a powerful person swayed a nation, causing millions of deaths and mass destruction?

In Bloomberg’s world, a child molester trying to snatch your child would be stopped by a Bloomberg paper? I think not.

Guns are not the issue; our Constitutional rights are. Every time a national tragedy happens, government overreacts and innocent citizens lose more rights. Look at the Patriot Act, and now the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act.

As a Democratic Committee member, half the people I represent will work against the governor’s Bloomberg-sponsored run. Upstate Democrats are disgusted by the injustices coming form Albany. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s constant shell games fool people into thinking he’s doing something good.

In 1776, the impossible happened: A dedicated group of Patriots stood together and defeated the world’s largest power. We can do this, except instead of musket and shot, we use a voter registration card and the vote. If the number of people who never voted was induced to vote, we can win.

Get voter registration forms and convince others to register to vote.

RICHARD J. OTTALAGANO

Retired Fulton County supervisor Gloversville