The nature of violence within America is a part of the history that unfortunately in present day has given our country a negative image. In our society gangs have developed due to social injustices not only through unfairness of economics but also justice as a whole. Majority of the youth living in societies affected by socio-economic troubles are disconnected from traditional forms of social and interpersonal support systems, like family and school, and are at greater risk for joining a gang. It’s not unusual for a teen interested in joining a gang to have a relative who's currently involved with a gang or has been in the past. Some gangs appeal to a teen’s longing for protection, recognition or social status that he or she thinks they cannot earn elsewhere.
Gang violence in high school is a problem that almost all communities face. Many teenagers who do not have a good home life and feel unaccepted or want to have a "family" will turn to gangs. Teens that have friends who are in gangs are also likely to j... ... middle of paper ... ...ws, this mean avoiding commercials, music, and movies that may encourage gang violence. Another way to stop gang violence and gang affiliation is to put stricter punishments on people in gangs, teenagers and others will too scared join them, in fear of getting caught. If all the above things can change, it will make a difference.
When young children start to see violence in a gang the image is always two things; death or jail. Gangs are controversial in certain ways; the gang has many different ways to recruit the young people. The problem is not always the gang, children who have an unstable home life. The kids without a strong parental figure in the house hold fall into the gang life style. Gang members tell the young kids that they love them and that they will be there for them.
Violence is the worst aspect of gang life because it keeps getting worse as gangs keep growing larger. Violent acts are the biggest reason society has a negative outlook on gang life. But young gang members don’t start out using violent acts to get attention but by simple crimes like shoplifting. Even though shoplifting is a crime that puts people in jail, it seems like an easy way for attention for young kids. Shoplifting is also a very addicting activity because it’s a rush for the people that do it.
“National Gang Threat Assessment” report states that according to law enforcement officials gangs throughout the United States commit as much as 80 percent of the crime in communities” (Parks). This exhibits the role gangs have in community’s; gangs ruin communities and make it unsafe to live and raise a family in any area that they are located. Gangs bring danger to a community that wouldn’t be there otherwise, and due to their intimidation method... ... middle of paper ... ...d faculty of local schools, law enforcement and other members of the community must take a stand against gangs so that they will be able to abolish gang’s from there neighborhoods. Gangs are a hindrance to youth reaching their future goals in life. Gangs draw in youth that are usually looking for something in life such as family, love or acceptance.
On the other hand it studies how a particular environment causes stress, disillusion, and disorders among individuals who live in it, and why substance abuse, deviance, crime, and other social problems tend to increase in a time when or in a place where change occurs abruptly Social Class Most of the gang members that have been reported come from the lower social economical class. When these kids are out in the streets they have nothing better to do so they begin go commit delinquent behavior. Since these economically challenged kids have no money to go anywhere they tend to hang round their neighbor hood. These kinds of groups encourage each other to commit criminal activity. Since they feel that if one does it all of them can do it too.
Gangs are being fueled by the fear they have given the citizens, therefore most people are to afraid to do anything about the problem. Although we need to come together to demolish gangs.
Young people who are tightly bon... ... middle of paper ... ...re more likely to partake in committing criminal behavior (Shaefer and Haaland, 2011, p.155-156). Young people may get pure pressured by their friends into joining a gang. The appeal of youth gangs Furthermore, numerous young people join street gangs because they feel they are rejected by society and do no have the same values. have faced either physical and/or sexual maltreatment. Young people who are maltreated tend to have impaired physical and emotional social functions.
An alarming amount of young adults are joining gangs and becoming involved in illegal activity. Most gangs have a rule that when you join the gang you are a member of the gang for life. Gangs can be removed from our communities with more community involvement and education. States such as California and New York have a big problem with gangs. Gang-related homicides in Los Angeles County has increased dramatically in the last 16 years, reaching epidemic proportions especially for young male African Americans and Hispanics, according to a study by co-authored by Deirdre Anglin, assistant professor of emergency medicine at LAC+USC (Maceo para.1).
In todays United States we have a huge problem affecting society, gangs and the violence that follows them wherever they go. These days’ gangs aren’t just compiled of grown adults, they often lure in young teens to do dirty work and to add numbers to their turf. Despite laws aimed straight at these gangs they still defy the law and wreak havoc upon the territory that they claim. The members in the gang have a gang first mentality and will do everything possible to provide for and protect their fellow members. They will very rarely snitch on their own to help put a stop to some of the meaningless crimes committed by these savages.