Gang Violence And Substance Abuse Essay

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Gangs in the United States are becoming more violent and deadly than
ever. Thousand of people are dying each year from these ill-mannered
thugs. In today's societies gang activity is an everyday occurrence
whether it includes violence, drugs, death or any illegal activity in
which they participate. The research that I have conducted will focus on
how the selling of drugs by gangs members can lead to violence/death and
how turf wars between rival gang can also lead to death.
In recent years the selling of drugs has increased in the world of gang
members. It is their primary economical way to acquire money to support
themselves and their family. In doing so, they are destroying people's
lives. Gang members will stop at nothing to sell their
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Most gangs do not like cops or as they would
call them pigs. If a cop is trying to break the gangs procedures in the
drug trade the police officer is a marked target (bulls eye for a
bullet). Junkies often try to pull a fast one to score(get the drug).
These people are desperate and will do any thing to get their fix. They
will rob and steal from a gang member. They know the consequence but
they still keep on trying. Their mind is so clouded from all the drug
abuse that they don't care whether they live or die trying to get the
drug. Junkies are like pest to a gang member. They are always bothering
them for a score. Gang member hate that and as a result they will knock
them off (kill them). It draws to much attention and when you draw
attention people are sure to come running over to see what going on,
especially cops.

In addition to gangs and how the selling of drug leads to death, gangs
as well as others die because of turf violation. Gangs have a specific
turf they hang out in. The turfs consist of streets, blocks and
hangouts. These turfs are well guarded and looked after and forbid
outsiders to enter unless they are a potential buyer for drugs. If any
member of a rival gang shall enter it is a ground for termination
(death). The turf is the gang's territory.
Gangs use the turfs for drug trafficking. That is one of the main
reasons why they do not like rival gang to enter. If the rival…

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