Why Kids Join Gangs

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Why Kids are Joining Gangs

Gangs are a brutal reality that citizens have to deal with in today's cities. What has made this subculture come about? Why do kids think that being in a gang is both a satisfactory and impressive way to live? The long range respond to these questions can only be speculated upon, but in the short term the answers are much easier to stumble on. On the exterior, gangs are a direct result of human beings' personal wishes and peer pressure. To establish how to successfully end gang violence we must find the way that these ethics are given to the person. Unfortunately, these can only be hypothesized. On the other hand, by looking at the way people are influenced in society, I believe there is good confirmation to point the blame at several institutions. These include the forces of the media, the government, theatre, drugs and our economic system. Gangs are caused by peer pressure and self-indulgence. Many teens associating with this subculture will pressure peers into becoming part of a gang by making it sound thrilling. Money is also an essential reason. A kid (a 6-10 year old, who is not yet a member) is exposed that s/he could compose $200 to $400 for small part time gang jobs. Even if these are important factors they are not strong enough to make kids do these things that are against their morals. One of the ways that kid's morals are twisted so that gang violence becomes more adequate is the power of television and movies. The run of the mill child spends more time at a TV than she/he spends in a classroom. Since nobody can totally turn off their minds, kids must be learning something while watching the TV. Very few hours of television watched by children are educational, so additional ideas are being engaged during this period of time. Many shows on television today are tremendously aggressive and are often showing this in a gang's standpoint. A normal grown-up can see that this is showing how revoltingly that gangs are living. To a child this portrays a cruel gang life as acceptable. 'The Ends Justifies the Means' outlook is also taught through many shows where the "goody guy" captures the "bad guy" through fighting and is then being highly praised. A young child sees this absolutely tolerable because he knows that the "bad guy" was wrong but has no idea of what adequate fear techniques are. Gore in television also takes a huge piece in influencing adolescent minds. Children see brutal scenes and are captivated by these things that they have not yet seen. Grown-up spectators see gore and are not disturbed with the blood but somewhat with the pain the victim must feel. A younger mind doesn't make this relationship. Therefore a gore appeal is formed, and has been seen in quite a few of peers. Sorry to say kids raised with this kind of television end up growing up with a stronger tendency to becoming a violent gang member or 'violent-acceptant' human being.

"Gangs bring the delinquent norms of society into intimate contact with the individual." So, as you can see if TV leads a youngster to consider that violent behavior is the standard this will obvious itself in the measures of the child quite, often in a gang position. This is particularly the case when parents don't spend a lot of time with their kids at the TV explanation what is right and what is wrong. Quite often newer books and some types of music will implement this type of thinking and thoughts. Before the age of eighteen, the average American teen will have witnessed eighteen thousand simulated murders on TV. While staggering in number, more disturbing is the effect this steady diet of imaginary violence may have on America's youth. ( © 2002 Michael K. Carlie)

Once this state of mind is installed in adolescents they become ever more prone to being easily pushed into a gang state of affairs by any difficulty at home or elsewhere. For instance, in unfortunate families with many children or...
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