Gang Violence Has Changed American Society Essay

1610 Words Feb 6th, 2016 7 Pages
A boy walks down the street, talking with his friends, thinking about what he is going to have for supper. Shots ring out and he suddenly falls to the ground. His friends look down at his suddenly still, lifeless body. He was the victim of a gang shooting. Even though he was a young, innocent boy, gang violence ended his life. Gang violence can affect even the most unexpected of people. Every year, over 2,000 gang-related homicides occur (“National”). By noticing how gang violence has changed American society, one can clearly observe the effects of gang affiliation on everyday human interaction.
Gangs have existed for many years all over the World. Gangs are generally as groups of people who partake in criminal activities. In the 1700 and 1800 's, gangs plagued Europe. They were very disrespectful to the cities they lived in, and were known to engage in thievery and vandalism (Delaney). Gangs then became more prolific in the United States in the early 1800’s and since then, gangs have grown to occupy the entire country. Starting with wild-western groups of shooters, they have evolved over the years to street gangs, biker gangs, and even prison gangs. In the mid 1800’s the membership of some gangs began to grow. The Gophers, one of the earliest New York City gangs, soon numbered in the thousands. All across the country, gangs were growing and organizing into much greater forces with more influence on the public. Although these original gangs committed many of the same crimes…

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