Equip all firearms with GPS, RFID chips
I am a computer engineer, not a politician or legislator, but from a technical perspective, we can be assured of the precise location of all guns nationwide if existing firearms are retrofitted with GPS and RFID chips through a mandatory recall of all registered gun owners and distributors, and manufactured into all new weapons made in America.
The GPS systems installed in our automobiles and cellphones are already monitored by the telecommunications carriers, and there are private applications for criminals, children and even dogs. There would be no need to develop a costly new monitoring system because the GPS ID could just be added to existing satellite applications and populated into a cloud database with a few lines of code.
WiFi networks in every school, shopping mall, library and other public places could easily detect the RFID signal and automatically trigger an alert to local law enforcement. Police already use this method to confirm that a GPS-equipped vehicle was at a crime scene.
Of course, the National Rifle Association and House Republicans will be vehemently opposed to such legislation, citing "invasion of privacy" because their weapons will no longer be concealed. Perhaps they are unaware that OnStar, Apple, Google, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint already know exactly where they are every minute of the day. With RFID chips, law enforcement will know where their guns are.
Instead of wasting valuable time trying to restrict the distribution of weapons while another Newtown tragedy is brewing, let gun enthusiasts have all the guns they want. This is a 21st-century solution to stop the massacre of innocent Americans. It relies on pre-emptive, proactive implementation to combat gun violence by stopping it before it happens, not after the fact.
-- Joseph Ryles
Poverty, not prostitution, is real problem in Thailand
Re: "One night in Bangkok," Dec. 20
In his unfocused rant about Bangkok prostitution, Cal Thomas complains that it has been illegal in Thailand since 1960. I was surprised, because when I was in a U.S. Air Force fighter squadron in Thailand in 1974, prostitution was a regulated profession with numbered ID buttons and monthly health checks. That is why I have a Thai daughter who grew up in Ubon. I guess Thomas only dislikes illegal prostitution, because he never complained about legal prostitution in Nevada, Germany, Australia, etc.
Thomas is a religious Christian. He doesn't mention that the official Buddhist religion in Thailand does not assume any moral guilt to being a sex worker.
Prostitution is also a long-standing social custom there. I read a book about Chinese trading ships that visited Bangkok in 1400. The ship logs recorded their surprise that Thai husbands would let their wives sell sex to the sailors.
Cal went on about "sex trafficking" of child prostitutes. Legally, trafficking means illicit smuggling across borders. A college professor told me that many organizations misuse the term to further their various agendas.
The real problem is widespread poverty in Thailand. I suggest that the reason the International Labour Organization Cal cites is unhappy is because it doesn't get any dues from sex workers in Thailand.
-- Philip Sagstetter
Abortion fosters widespread indifference toward human life
Re: "Culprit is society that devalues human life," Dec. 16
How right Gregory Kane was when he wrote that it is notplausible to mourn theslaughter of 20 innocent childrenin Connecticut while removing from one's consciencethe tragic murder of millions of children through the evil of abortion.
Disrespect for the human person at any stage of his or her development is not only an act of disrespect for the humanity and inherent good of each one of us,but it alsonurtures a habit ofindifference toward all human life.
-- Dr. Grazia Mangano Ragazzi