Just Say No to DNA Tracking

Virginia is considering expanding the number of misdemeanors that require convicts to give up a sample of their genetic material for DNA tracking.

Golden gene in DNA

According to The Associated Press: “Virginia Latest State to Consider Taking More DNA Samples.”

Virginia is considering expanding the number of misdemeanor convictions that would require an offender to submit a DNA sample to a state databank.

Supporters say that had legislation been enacted a few years ago, it might have saved the life of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. The man charged in her September disappearance had been convicted of misdemeanor trespassing in 2010. Had he been required to surrender his DNA, it would have connected him to a previous sexual assault and likely would have taken him off the streets before Graham arrived at U.Va

Let’s look at the logic here. Let us assume it is true that, if a man had been required to surrender his DNA for tracking, that he would have been caught for a previous sexual assault, and Hannah Graham would still be alive.

If so, that would mean that it would also be true that, if the government kept everyone’s DNA at birth and stored it for tracking, that Hannah Graham would still be alive.

So why not simply vote that everyone be required to give up their DNA? After all, sometimes people are raped or killed by someone with no previous arrest record. It may not be common but it happens. So why should such people be left undiscovered to rape or kill again? Why not store everyone’s DNA and always be able to track such crimes?

By the way, wouldn’t it be possible for a pervert killer who knew his DNA was being tracked to alter his crime so that he left no DNA. Or couldn’t he plant some DNA evidence to lead the police to the wrong person?

Somehow, that is not yet acceptable to the public.

So what makes someone who committed misdemeanor trespass especially suspicious and worthy of being tracked on the off chance they would willingly leave their DNA evidence behind after a rape or murder?

The answer is obvious: it isn’t really likely. This is just an arbitrary point at which the Virginia government is hoping that it is palatable to the public to track DNA. Then they can later follow the example of New York State and track the DNA of everyone who commits a misdemeanor. Then later it can be anyone who is ever arrested for any reason.

The goal is to have the DNA of everyone in a government databank.