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[SAN] The Rise of Street Gangs

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The Rise of Street Gangs



Gang violence is a problem in every major city in San Andreas and membership is on the rise. According to the Department of Justice's 2012 National Gang Threat Assessment, there are at least 21,500 gangs and more than 731,000 active gang members. Most of which being situated within the ghettos of Los Santos, and a portion in the alleys and slums of San Fierro. While gangs are less prevalent in rural areas. In major cities, gang violence is responsible­ for roughly half of all ­­homicides.



In a recent study, San Fierro Police estimate that 32 percent of gang members were Hispanic, 48 percent were black, 15 percent white, 4 percent Asian and 1 percent had another ethnicity. They also found that gang membership is not as prevalent among youth as some fear -- between 1 and 2 percent of children ages 10 to 17 were gang members, although the percentage spikes when only "at-risk" youth are counted. Those that did join gangs didn't stay long, with the majority remaining in the gang for less than a year.




Why Do People Join Gangs? 
There are many possible reasons for someone to join a gang, but four primary reasons seem to describe most gang members:


Many gangs exist mainly as a moneymaking enterprise. By committing thefts and dealing drugs, gang members can make relatively large amounts of money. People who are faced with a lack of money may turn to crime if they can't earn enough with a legitimate job. This partly explains why gangs exist in poor, rundown areas of cities. However, not everyone who is poor joins a gang, and not every gang member is poor.


Peer pressure 
Gang members tend to be young. This is partly because gangs intentionally recruit teenagers, but it's also because young people are very susceptible to peer pressure. If they live in a gang-dominated area, or go to a school with a strong gang presence, they might find that many of their friends are joining gangs. It can be difficult for a teen to understand the harm that joining a gang can bring if he's worried about losing all of his friends. Many teenagers do resist the temptation of gang membership, but for others it is easier to follow the crowd. Peer pressure is a driving force behind gang membership in affluent areas.


With nothing else to occupy their time, youths sometimes turn to mischief to entertain themselves. If gangs are already present in the neighborhood, that can provide an outlet. Teenagers might form their own gangs. This is why many communities have tried to combat gangs by simply giving kids something to do. Dances, sports tournaments and other youth outreach programs can literally keep kids off the streets. Unfortunately, many youths and even gang experts use boredom as an excuse. Authors of articles about gang violence often write something like, "There's nothing else to do where they live." It us true that, sports programs, swimming pools or even libraries are often in short supply or poor repair in tough urban areas. But can't we make sure that the government can help our youth for a better future?



If poverty is a condition, despair is a state of mind. People who have always lived in poverty are more likely to pick up mischievous habits. And if family violence occurs in their impoverished family, it can only make their situation worse. A neighborhood gang can seem like the only real family they'll ever have. Joining a gang gives them a sense of belonging and being a part of something important that they can't get otherwise. In some cases, parents approve of their children joining gangs, and may have been a member of the same gang in the past.


Drug use is an underlying factor in all of these reasons. Not only does the sale of illegal drugs drive the profits of street gangs, they also create many of the conditions that lead to gang membership.


So why doesn't our government give the youth of tomorrow some aid? Why can't we just lay off on our military spendings to put it into the smaller things. Keeping our children safe, as well as keeping our streets danger free. 


-Published by the San Andreas News Network ©2018



Edited by Pyro
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Username: Steph

Comment: Streets should be safer, I cannot walk around anymore without fear and being  observed by these folks  ain't  cool!


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