Essay about The Prevention Of Gang Violence

1645 Words Nov 8th, 2016 7 Pages
The Prevention of Gang Violence In Chicago
In the last 20 years Chicago has been ridden with gangs, crimes, homicide, fatal shootings, and devastation due to the loss of innocent lives. Our streets are no longer safe to walk in, children can not experience the comfort of playing in their own back yards, or walking to school. Police enforcement are turning their back to certain areas of the city because ¨they are far too dangerous.¨ The Wall Street Journal, an international newspaper based in New York City quotes “so far this year someone was shot in Chicago every 150 minutes during the first five months of 2016. Someone was murdered every 14 hours, and the city saw nearly 1,400 nonfatal shootings and 240 fatalities from gunfire. Over Memorial Day weekend, 69 people were shot, nearly one an hour, topping the previous year 's tally of 53 shootings” (Donald). This article makes many personal connections through individual incidents and crimes. It shows how every individual is affected by our problem in Chicago regardless if they associated with gang violence. On the other hand, these heart wrenching statistics have not been enough for a change to appear. Chicago is letting its’ citizen live slip through their fingers, and their street be ruled by weapons of destruction. In order to eliminate this broad problem of violence in our city; we must first understand what a ‘gang’ is.
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