Amber Alerts?? What's the point?

United States
November 10, 2006 11:38am CST
Seriously, what's the point of having an amber alert interupt primetime t.v.? I'm not going to jump in my car and look for the guy? Can't we wait until the new? WDYT? I have a baby, but what good is it going to do to tell T.V watchers?
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@srhelmer (6934)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
10 Nov 06
The point is to get the information to as many people as possible as fast as possible. The faster people know about the situation, the better chance of getting the kidnapper before he harms the child. Sure, they can be annoying at times. But, if it were my daughter, I know I would be glad for a system like that.
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• United States
10 Nov 06
But seriously if your 500 miles away and in side your house, are you going to jump in your car and go looking for the kid?
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@caraj444 (1080)
• Canada
10 Nov 06
not all people are sitting in their house in front of their tv all night, i happen to work night audit in a hotel and we have a tv going, hmmm where would someone be possible to stay after taking a child and running with her for awhile. If interupting your tv program saves just one child for every million times an amber alert is issued i say its worth it, fast response time is everything
• United States
5 Dec 06
To me the point would be if there where enough people out there either listing to the radio,surfing the net,watching the tv,reading the paper,someone knows someone in my opion. With getting the word out there will help find them quicker and safer,if everyone knew.My friend the old saying help thy neighbor,it seems like that doesnt apply anymor to people.
@magikrose (5424)
• United States
10 Nov 06
The whole point in telling the people at home is that IF they happen to go out and in the area where the child may be they can keep there eyes open. If it were your child out there missing you would want every single person possible ti keep there eyes open for any kind of info they can give. It could be that the person at home may know something about the car that was seen because it is a neighbor of theres and can call it in and they can have a better chance of finding the child before any thing happens. We all pay for our cable. You are not the only person paying for it. I dont have a problem with seeing the amber alerts on my screen. I know that from those amber alerts a child will be found and brought home safely. That is all that matters. Bringing the child home unharmed. If all you care about is your stupid cableshows then you are a superficial person who dosnt care about anyone else but your self. I hope you NEVER have to use the Amber Alert. Cause if you I dont think you will ever complain again.
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• United States
10 Nov 06
I don't have a problem with the Amber Alert itself, but the annoying interupptions and the sound drives me insance. But it's the point that the Amber Alert makes me feel helpless. I'm not being superficial, I just asked, what's the point! Thank you for your point.
@caraj444 (1080)
• Canada
10 Nov 06
if it makes you feel helpless shouldnt you be doing something positive to help with the problem of missing children instead of complaining about your tv show being interupted, mayby you need to turn off the tv and do some positive things to help even when you play a small part it can help you realize that change comes from a lot of individuals working together towards one goal
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
10 Nov 06
I think they are very important. The Amber alerts need ot be braodcasted on TV, radio and on the Freeway/Highway signs. This gets the info out there and gets as many people as possible to start paying attention to the people around them. Thankfully there has never been an Amber Alert in my area, but I know whenthey happen other places CNN and other news channels keep the info on the screen while they do other reports. Our local news and radio will also announce it even if the original kidnapping happened in another state. You never know where a kidnapper could take a kid.
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• United States
10 Nov 06
The situation last night was not an ordinary situation, it was an estranged father taking his son. How often does this happen in our society and they don't get it on an amber alert, I find the system unfair.
@nana1944 (1367)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Estranged parents have been known to hurt their own children. I think Amber Alerts are a very good thing. You never know when you might just happen to see the vehicle or the people involved.
@denax1 (709)
• United States
10 Nov 06
I guess it's important because you might turn off the TV, get in the car and drive somewhere. OR maybe you just got home, turned on the TV and saw the amber alert. You could have just been on the same road as the person. I also thinks it helps the parents of the missing children. It gives them a sense that something is being done. Of course, I do get tired of seeing the amber alerts for the teenage girls that have runaway with their older boyfriends. I don't really consider those abductions.
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@ashtin (163)
• United States
10 Nov 06
Well actually what if you were just leaving and at the last minute you heard that and as you were on the road oh look there is the car!!! you would be a hero! I does help!
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• United States
10 Nov 06
If your child was missing, I'm sure you would feel different. The point of an Amber Alert is to let people know that there is a missing child. It might not affect you and it might be far away, but it will be getting the attention of a lot of people who ARE close by and willing to keep an eye out or report anything that they have seen. I'm sorry, but a missing child is more important that missing a few minutes of a television show.
• United States
10 Nov 06
The reason I pay $100 a month for cable is to watch it. I know if my son were missing, I'd want people who were out and about to know that my son was missing, not some person on the couch. And if I'm walking out the door, then I'll hear it on the radio. But that's just me. Something 500 miles away does not effect me. Sorry to say, but it's true.
• United States
10 Nov 06
I'm sorry, but I find it sad if you aren't even the least bit affected by a missing child. I hope and pray that nothing like that ever happens to you and your family. Just because a person is watching tv at the moment the alert is aired doesn't mean they won't be out later. Not everyone sits on their couches all day watching tv.
• United States
10 Nov 06
I didn't say that I don't care, I just said I don't want to know about something 500 miles away the instant it happens! There's nothing I can do about it, so why make myself upset over something that I have no control over
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@caraj444 (1080)
• Canada
10 Nov 06
i posted a comment on an earlier response that pretty much sums up how i feel, id like to add that at the very least people who didnt know about amber alerts before and how important they can be will get a lot of information from the people responding to the ignorance of the original discussion question.
• United States
10 Nov 06
My question was asking for points. We all have opinions, that's why I asked.
@caraj444 (1080)
• Canada
10 Nov 06
im sorry you are right i was a little annoyed at your ignorance of how much it really does help, didnt mean to stray from the point of the discussion just a touchy subject ill try to stay to the point in future discussions (im new here as well so pointing that out will help me be more aware to do that in the future as well)
@sabrinam (1204)
• United States
21 Nov 06
It doesn't sound like you get upset about anything but Desperate Housewives getting interrupted, but I will say this, when someone goes missing in Houston, we know in Dallas because they may be headed here. What if you know that person that kidnapped a child 500 miles away and you recognize the description of the perp?
@sabrinam (1204)
• United States
21 Nov 06
I wanted to say one other thing, the Amber Alerts were started here in Texas, Arlington to be exact, which is just down the street from me here. Amber Hagerman was a precious little girl who did not deserve to be murdered and if the word had gotten out in time for her, she may have been saved. I don't pretend to know crime statistics, but I would be willing to bet money that a lot of tips for those Amber alerts come from people just like you, that were watching TV.
• Canada
10 Nov 06
True that the child may have gone missing 500 miles away, but how fast could they be taken to your neighborhood. I'm sure glad you aren't my father and I also hope your child never goes missing. It's easy to say when your little one is always in someone's care, but the time will come and if it ever happens to you I guarantee you'll be the first one yelling for an Amber alert. I think they are the greatest thing in the fight to find missing children. If you're more worried about your stupid TV shows than someone's missing child, perhaps you shouldn't be a parent!
• United States
10 Nov 06
Im a mother actually and I love my son, that being said, I didn't say that Amber Alerts shouldn't be broadcasted, but it shouldn't be announced as a national emergency. Do you know how many children go missing every day that don't get an amber alert? Look at the statistics of missing children. If they're going to do it for one child, they should do it for them all!
@lesjo5480 (246)
• United States
10 Nov 06
I agree that if you are 500 miles away that there is nothing you can do. But, what if the kidnaper was driving trying to get as far away from town as possiable. And you saw the amber alert the night before, then were on your way to work the next day and they had made it to your town, then you would know who and what to look for. Was it a waste of time that you had seen it the night before when there was nothing you could do?
• United States
10 Nov 06
I watch the news, that's my point. If it's that far away it can wait. There's a reason why it's local television. It's by area. Also, I listen to the radio and I see the highway signs, but to hear the annoying buzz on the t.v.?? Also there's not caption on the t.v. it's just the annoying buzz and someone talking.
@bam001 (941)
• United States
18 Dec 06
I think the AMber ALert should be broadcast immediately. They alert should interrupt primetime tv. Which is more important, you watching your latest episode of whatever is on that night, or trying to protect a child.
@cdhata (46)
• United States
21 Nov 06
What if you were sitting in a truck stop somewhere and saw an amber alert put out on the child sitting next to you? That could save that child's life. TV's are in a lot of public places. Think about it.
@annieja (590)
• United States
10 Nov 06
The purpose of the Amber Alert is to reach the millions of drivers on the interstates.