Taking a Look at Gang Violence

1075 Words Jan 26th, 2018 4 Pages
These victims often had nothing to do with the gangs or gang members that killed them. A street gang is a group of people who commonly involve themselves in heinous crimes such as murder, assault, drug dealing, robbery, and car theft. These gangs are present all over the nation and are starting to spread to other countries. It is imperative for the United States government to put a stop to gangs and gang violence. Ed Gottesman and Richard Brown agree that for a group to be considered a gang it needs six key elements: “a collection of individuals, the use of symbols, special forms of communication, permanence, a sense of turf, and involvement in crime.” Gottesman and Brown go on to say, “What distinguishes a gang from other groups is its involvement in crime, which is often heavy and recognized as a key feature of membership.” This means that all gangs are involved in crimes, the number one reason why the United States needs to put a stop to gang violence. Gangs form for four main reasons: a need for “family” and companionship, basic needs such as food, a higher social status or appeal, and protection. When there is a large migration or immigration of people, gangs tend to increase in size because there are more people looking for these four basic needs. During the 1950s to the 1970s, gangs grew greatly in the four regions of the United States, the East, Midwest,…
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