Gang Violence

Topics: Gang, Illegal drug trade, Crime Pages: 3 (1004 words) Published: March 29, 2013
Teen Gang Violence
If I could change the world, I would definitely leave out the gang violence. I wonder why teens join gangs. I’ve seen some of my friends join gangs and I wonder why they joined. Did they think they were going to be famous? Did they think everyone was going to know them now and want to invite them to special events? Or did they want to sell drugs on their block and become hood rich? I grew up in the city of Blytheville, Arkansas, where a lot of kids find trouble. Gangs are becoming a growing problem in American society. More young people are turning to gangs to solve problems in their lives. When youth join gangs, they forget about their family, real friends, and even school. In Blytheville, gangs cause teenagers to act violently. When you are in a gang, you also have rival gangs that you constantly have to fight, just because you don’t want another gang in your territory. Some teens think that being in a gang will give them protection. I believe being in a gang increases your chances of being killed or hurt badly.

Besides the violence that is involved in being in a gang, teens also get involved in illegal activities such as the use and selling of drugs. Gangs make you carry out illegal activities to make money. One of these activities is selling marijuana mainly. In my city, some members are big time dealers, while others just work the corners. It’s a part in my town that does a lot of killing and selling drugs. That is not good role modeling for the young people. In what shouldn't surprise anyone who has thought even the least bit about these sorts of issues, a lack of positive role models in their lives is leading to gang membership. (ParentDish) Some children probably grew up where they saw people selling drugs and killing. They said, “When I get older I want to be just like that”. When you’re young you don’t really know the consequences of being in a gang. I never understood the meaning of gangs. You have to have tons of...
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