The Causes Of Gang Violence In The United States

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There are about 21,500 documented gangs and over a million documented gang members (Teen Violence Statistics). About 40% of these members are under the age of 18 (Johnson). This gang violence affects every child that is in a gang or not. These gangs take in a lot of different kids of adolescence for many reasons. These kids feel the need that they have to be a part of a gang because their friends are doing it too, but there are many ways to prevent them from joining. Gang violence in America has been a problem for years and has only grown since in the US. On one hand some say that teen violence has decreased. “Chicago reported to be a site of ‘super gangs,’ there was a 35% decrease in the reported number of violent crimes in between …show more content…
The victims of these gangs fear that there is no way out and that the police are not reliable for protection. Gangs make their presence known in the community by threatening the local residents. “A major concern is that illegal drugs are one of the primary causes of violent crime in our society” (Gangs & Drugs). These illegal drugs are a primary reason why these violent crimes occur. The drug users under the influence commit violent crimes because of the effects of the substance and they commit violent crimes to get money for drugs (Gangs & Drugs). Gangs sell drugs to make a presence in their community along with making money. It usually stirs up violence because another gang recognizes that the other gang is making more money. Many adolescent gang members get involved in drug …show more content…
“Whereas official records indicate that fewer than 10% of gang members are female, self-report studies consistently find rates between 20 and 46%” (Deschenes). Many girls fall victim to gang violence, but they are not as likely as adolescent boys. Both boys and girls commit violent crimes. Females may seem sweet and innocent, but it does not mean that she is not likely to commit a crime. Males are usually stronger and bigger, but it does not mean that a female could not use a gun the same way a male can. Many believe in the delinquency theory that females commit the same crimes as males for the same

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