Principles of Sociology
ISSUES WITH GANGS IN AMERICA
Gang violence has been a problem in America for a long time. At one time researchers thought that gang’s only affected poor urban areas. Everywhere we look there is some type of gang problem. Why are children joining gangs? Can we stop these gangs from destroying our neighborhood? How do we prevent children from joining gangs? There are so many unanswered questions about gangs.
What is a street gang? A street gang is a group of individuals with little organization who commit minor crimes to highly organized factions with numerous members involved in sophisticated transnational crimes and criminal enterprise (stopabqgangs.org). There are many reasons why children join gangs. Some do it because it makes them feel “cool”, especially younger kids who look up to a family member or someone close to them. Protection, some people feel that they will have more protection from a gang than they would from the police. With economic times as hard as they are today and with the unemployment rate as high as it is, people turn to gangs since they think that is a way for them to earn fast money. Stealing items of high value and reselling them on the streets or on the black market can get money quick and at times large amounts. As sad as it sounds, some kids simply join gangs because they are bored and have nothing to do. Some think that it helps protect the community. Contrary to popular belief not all children that join gangs come from broken homes. Some of the members in gangs have both parents and home and some even come from wealthy families. Communities need to come together to help prevent gangs and crime. At least help make the children aware that there are other options out there and people are willing to help. Kids join gangs to meet their needs. Human behavior is often aimed at meeting needs and the decision...