Gang violence affects about 60 percent of most households. Gang violence have affected many lives over the years. In the cities of Chicago, violence is emerging a lot as the years go on. Gangs in the city of Chicago first started about the 1970’s, with 970 murders in one year. Gang violence occurred within and across racial and ethnic lines throughout Chicago. In the late 1960’s powerful black and Puerto Rican gangs joined forces with political groups. According to a report by the office of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, 23% of students aged 12 through 18 are being involved in gangs. About 46% of students who go to public schools are expected to be in a street gang. Large street gangs employ violence to control and expand drug distribution activities. Gangs engage in numerous acts of criminal activities; such as, assault, burglary, drive-by shootings, extortion, homicides, identification fraud, money laundering, prostitution, robbery, and weapon and drug trafficking. Gang violence in Chicago is caused by drill music and gangs; results in families losing lives and decrease in human population; and can be solved by more police forces.
Gang violence is a group of recurrently associating individuals or close friends with identifiable leadership and internal organization. Also street gangs is when someone is claiming control over territory in a community and engaging in violent acts. Today’s gang violence affects the communities because everyone wants to be wealthy. The only way for them to be wealthy is by gang violence. In today’s society children are so involved in gang violence because of their surroundings. It influenced children with the drugs, guns, and drill music. Drill music is a hip-hop subgenre that originated from young, south side Chicago rappers and producers.
Drill music is the one of the reasons why Chicago’s violence is emerging so rapidly. Drill music defined by its gritty and violent lyrics. Some of the rappers talk about the crimes they’ve committed in their lives and its influencing the youth. The youth think it’s okay for them to do the same thing as the drill rappers are doing, so they commit the crimes to. Rappers like King Lil Jay, Katie Got Bands, Lil Herb, RondoNumbaNine, and Chief Keef are consider drill rappers. All of them rappers rap about is killing people, drugs, money, and guns. As long as their music keep hitting the internet it will keep influencing teenagers on violence. YouTube is littered with videos of young men and women rapping about violence. After Chief Keef got signed to Intercope records from making violent music. That’s when other drill rappers began to appear out of nowhere and make violent music too. In most of their videos they are flashing guns, gang signs, and money.
Gangs is another reason why violence is emerging so rapidly in the cities of Chicago. Gangs influence the youth because they see how much money their getting and all the females they are having. So now all they want to do is rep a gang to become wealthier and that’s how so many people are being killed and slaughtered. Also gangs is caused by low-quality and emotionally unavailable family leadership. Most people who are in gangs have only a single parent at home. Also people are gangs is to get back at each other or they don’t like a certain person so they get with someone and kill the person they don’t like. People be in gangs to get money or to be famous. Some people don’t have a choice but to be in a gang.
Families losing lives of relatives are effected a lot by gangs and drill music because it stops them from seeing their loved ones forever. By them losing their close one lives they are going to want to retaliate and go back looking for the person that killed their close one. Children who experience family, community, and media violence may display negative types of behavior. That’s because they are going to be traumatized of what they saw. Certain changes may be observed in children...
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In this book of nonfiction in chapter four the media promotes violence. Kids who watch violent videos, movies, or TV shows become more acceptance to violence. As long as their more violent TV shows there will always be more violence. Between 1978 and 1985 violence had increase a lot as the years go on. the average age of four to eight year old American children would view 250 episodes of war cartoons, movies, or music videos.
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In chapter two of this nonfiction book guns are easy for citizens to get. According to statistics gathered by office of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention the rate of gun-related homicides have tripled between 1984 and 1994. There are more African American teenagers who are owning guns more than anyone. Also there are more African American teenagers who are being killed then anyone. The ages range from fifth teen to nineteen years old.
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