Should Street Gangs be Considered Terrorist Organizations?
Terror, violence, and death are the common denominators in our society nowadays. Why? Because of street gang fights. Innocent people have been killed as a result of street gangs. These groups of criminals use violence against societies and band together for mutual protection and profit. Street gangs are gangsters controlling, attacking, and killing people on the streets, as a result, they are one of the biggest social problems around the world. According to the definition of terrorism in Dictionary.com, it is the unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies. Street gangs and terrorism have the same negative characteristics. They both murder families; they both bring violence to the community making citizens live in fear. Because street gangs destroy family union, communities, and a country’s quality of life, they should be classified and considered terrorist organizations.
Perhaps the very first reason to consider street gangs as terrorist organizations will be the physical, mental, and moral harm they cause to the family union when they terminate a member. Street gangs kill people, most of the time, innocent people. Street gangs have no mercy. They can shoot their guns against the elderly and young people. They don’t believe in age, color, religion, or sex. The New York Times published an article describing a New York gang member, Edgar Morales, who was convicted of terrorism under New York’s post 9-11 terrorism law (This law, in the Title VIII, alters the definitions of terrorism, and establishes or re-defines rules with which to deal with it. It law redefined the term "domestic terrorism" to broadly include mass destruction as well as assassination or kidnapping as a terrorist activity). The charge and guilty plea grew out of a gang dispute that led to a discharged gun and the death of a 10-year-old, a horrible crime. The result of this is that innocent victims are killed, leading to incomplete family members in homes. This case is one of the thousands around the world with justice covered, but it always doesn’t end that way. Many people claim justice for a family members murder, and the majority of them are not listened to.
Another important reason to consider street gangs as terrorist organizations is because streets gangs destroy communities. Gangs are a social problem and focuses not an individual member but on groups. They start first killing our families’ members which constitutes the community; the future, the good, the ordinary community now in hands of people without principles, coming from dysfunctional families, failed schools, non-existent community structures and no respect for the living and love for their neighbor. Street gangs are growing like a cancer, and it seems like no one knows what actions to take anymore, losing control and letting them take charges, deciding who dies and who lives and controlling our lives, communities, cities, nations, and most important, our future. Further information would be that according to La Republica.com.pe, Peruvian web page; the number of gangs in the district of Comas (a district within the Lima Province, Peru. Located within the Cono Norte area, of the city of Lima, it's one of the most populous districts in the country), increased from 50 to 85 last year (2007) with more than 3000 gang members. As a result of this alarming number, the district of Comas was placed in “red light”, a signal of danger or warning in that area due to inadequate guard or protection; the house prices went down 30%, placing it as one of the worst districts in the country. The street gangs are terrorizing every neighborhood in Comas, making rules for the population, including the police force. Many Peruvian psychologists place the blame for poverty on gangs, and the neighborhood districts agreed that...
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