I think the average parent is the most easily misled person there is, and that the government is exploiting the fear they have for their children, to
their own ends, is disgusting and unforgivable.
Hot Springs - Officials in Hot Springs kicked off a new statewide service, issuing I.D cards to children as young as five years old. The state
legislature passed a law in the spring that allows parents to get their child a card that looks just like a driver's license. The child's vital
information will be stored in a statewide database.
(Karen Wright, mother) "I think there's not a mother that's been around that hasn't at one time called their child, and the child didn't answer.
You immediately go into a panic."
(Rep. Bob Mathis, (D)Hot Springs)"There was a little opposition at first, because people thought we were being big brother. It's not big brother
because it's strictly voluntary. Strictly whether the parents want to or not."
Parents taking their kids to get their ID cards say it was fast, taking just five or ten minutes. To present information, take a picture, and a
fingerprint, they say it's worth the time and the money.
Mary McCarthy, Mother) "If anything were to happen to my kids and I couldn't find them, I think it would be quicker for the police to get all the
How exactly is having a picture ID and vital stats, as well as a kid's fingerprints, in a statewide database going to find missing kids more quickly?
It may help identify them if they find their bodies, but I don't see how it will help find them any faster than a current photograph and vital stats
from the parents will.