Would cameras and searches make us safe?

Published: October 27, 2013

Vicki Righthouse (Your Views, Oct. 20) thinks it would be a good idea to have even more cameras watching our every move than we have already. It's for our own good, right? We should have complete trust in our government, right? Wrong! No offense intended, but that mindset scares me. Like many others, I don't want to be watched at any time, anywhere by anyone.

Righthouse thinks it would be a good idea to have police monitor traffic via video from a remote location and simply mail fines to speeders and light runners etc. Why stop there? Why don't we have mandatory laws requiring every household have police-monitored cameras in place to watch for domestic violence or the spanking of children so they could kick the door in and make arrests? Problems solved! We could also have checkpoints at every entrance to every neighborhood along with random searches of vehicles and strip searches of the occupants. Public buildings and the workplace could require strip searching at all entrances to make sure that knives, guns, knitting needles or any object that could be used as a weapon, are confiscated. I think that would be a good idea, don't you? Just think how safe we could all be.

Kevin Wiyninger, Midwest City

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