You people are ignorant if you believe this should only pertain to criminals. A national DNA database wouldn't only help identify criminals, but it would also help to identify victims. In forensic cases, identifying a deceased individual is crucial, and in a lot of cases the individual is never identified. When the name of a decedent is unknown it becomes more difficult to identify them. There is nobody available to visually identify the individual, fingerprints are useless unless the individual had been previously apprehended for a crime, and dental records are useless if there is no name. If there was a national DNA database, something as simple as fingerprinting would give a positive identification. This would also save friends and family the difficulty of having to visually identify their loved one. We work so hard to identify criminals but we often forget about the victims and their families.
It is not just to collect and store the DNA of innocent people. I think this is wrong and should not be done just to solve some cases. It is one thing to be fingerprinted when you are arrested but having to submit DNA just crosses the line and should not happen.
No, the DNA of people should not just be collected and stored if there is no reason for it to be - unless they consent to it. Some people may not be comfortable with having DNA stored, and if they haven't done anything wrong, there is no reason that it should be.
It sometimes, for what ever reason, makes feels better when we make conspiracy theories out of nothing. I guess it is the feeling that we are on are toes and that we are not being taken advantage of. It is just not practical to get everyone's DNA and store it. It is not a good use of our resources or money.
I do not see anything right about a government or local law enforcement to collect the DNA of innoccent people. Unless somebody has been charged of a crime, then there shouldn't be any reason a person should have their DNA collected for any reason. I think such a thing is a dangerous thing for society.
This question is one that many people have been asking for a very long time because the subject matter is not one that is easily answered. There is a large group of people that believe the answer is simple and a quick resolution can be had. But that is not the case in this situation. The innocent should not have their DNA stored.