Time For DNA Registration Of All UK Resident Males...???

Could Have Been Prevented! The rape and murder of a twelve year old girl! The rape and murder of a ten year old girl! The abduction and murder of a sixteen year old on her way home from a Christmas shopping trip! The list is long, and goes on and on. However, all of these offences and the tales of human misery and suffering that go with them have one thing in common - they could all have been prevented. How you say? Simple! If everyman was registered on the DNA database, the perpetrators would have all been caught before the offences were committed, because, unbelievably, in all of these cases, police had the DNA profiles of the offenders but no names to go with them.

The Big Deal? Now before anyone starts bleating on about personal infringements and the like, think about it. Just about everything you are, do, or have done, is on a computer somewhere. From your birth details to your dental records, to your passport photo, your driving license, your bank details, your health records, your blood type, your this, that and the other. So, what exactly is the big deal with adding, to that plethora of information, your DNA profile? Well, when you put it like that, actually, nothing. Unless of course, you're a criminal!

Truly Heartbreaking! For those of us that have children, especially daughters, it is impossible to imagine the heartache that parents, family and friends, must suffer in a case such as that of Leanne Tiernan, who was abducted and murdered on her way home from a shopping trip, just four weeks before one Christmas. Despite a massive search, police didn't find her body for nine months because she was kept in a freezer. Try and then put yourself in Leanne's shoes and imagine what she must have gone through herself. It is truly heartbreaking. Imagine if it were your daughter. The most sickening thing is that the offender wouldn't have even been on the streets if all men were DNA registered, because police had his DNA from two previous rape offences. This is a story that recounts itself over and over again in our society.

So Many Instances: There are so many instances of similar circumstances which need never have happened. Always that same scenario, police have a profile, but no name. The M25 rapist was another. However, the list is endless. If you are not a fan of this idea, think to yourself, if this were my child that will be saved, would I be in favour? I'm sure we know the answer. I for one would gladly volunteer my DNA for the records, because I want to see society made safer for all and I want to see crime eradicated as much as possible. To me, this is an obvious and logical step towards achieving that goal and I would expect all decent people to agree. Now is a good time for everyman to stand up and be counted. We do have the understanding and the technology! All we need is the will! Having your DNA on record wouldn't mean you're a criminal. It would mean you are that responsible citizen willing to stand up and be counted!
Crosstalk by Taz: June 2012