Should every person be required to provide the government with their DNA?

  • Yes, they should.

    Many things in today's society are changing. Crime, however, is not one. Robberies are still robberies, rape is still rape, and murder is and always will be murder. This does not mean that we can't update our methods of solving these crimes and catching the perpetrators - gel electrophoresis and fingerprint analysis help forensic scientists discern the possible suspects. It can be difficult, though, to collect the necessary DNA to conduct these helpful and often crucial tests. If every person was required to give their DNA, scientists would be able to solve crimes easily and more efficiently.

    Imagine, if you will, the following scenario: It's a quiet night on a college campus. It's late and dark, and a female student rushes back to her dorm, barely glancing behind her shoulder. It is then that she is grabbed, taken into the shadows, and brutally raped. Later, at the hospital, medical professionals are able to extract DNA from the rapist. Unfortunately, they have no idea who the DNA belongs to, and therefore can't catch the rapist.

    Later that week he strikes again, raping another student. She, too, is admitted to the hospital, and matches the DNA found on the first girl. The rapist is not caught until much later, when he is arrested for a separate crime.

    Sound terrible? Now consider this: It really happened. If law enforcement professionals had the necessary information (DNA) from a governmental database, they could have solved the first case, caught the rapist, and prevented the second rape from happening. The same could be said for serial killers and robbers who leave DNA behind.

  • No. . .

    We deserve the right to our privacy, that means the government shouldn't tape phone calls, spy on us, or anything like that. So having DNA stored for every single person in the U.S would be a big violation of privacy I do believe. Who knows what the government can do behind closed doors. They could plot to kill people of certain DNA for all we know. The use of stored DNA in solving crime is, in my opinion, useless... The government already has many ways they can solve a crime without the use of someone's DNA.

  • This Could Be Abused

    What if there was a movement against people who had certain DNA? Don't think it can't happen. Germany was nice and peaceful and democratic in the 1920s. This database would make persecution more easy. The government should not get to do this. This is not a power that we should trust with the government.

  • Absolutely not, wow.

    When does it stop? When you give your life for your government?

    Looking for DNA submissions where not necessary is a waste of resources, time, and privacy and self respect.

    There are people with certain genes that when activated are more hostile and prone to violence. This gene has been found in many people, less than half are all criminals. When investigated, it turned out the only people with this gene activated all had traumatic childhood events or bad childhood due to parent ignorance, or neglect.
    So looking towards having everyone gene will a create a bias and a barrier between people. Those that have no shame in giving up their privacy and those that do.

    What should be looked into is why people commit crimes in the first place instead of trying to treat the symptoms and have a constant unending cycle of crime and a more invasive gov't and political police force.

  • No, they should not.

    While I can understand why someone might think this is a good idea, overall it could end very badly. If you are not doing anything wrong and are living your life as righteously as possible, or within reason, not breaking any laws, than you should not have to give the government your DNA. Who knows what they would do with this if they found out they did not like a certain strand of DNA?

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