Debate Brief

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I. -A Los Angeles family takes a wrong turn into gang territory and is fired upon. A 3-year-old is killed and her 2-year-old brother wounded.

-A Chinese immigrant in Brooklyn is kidnapped by a Chinatown gang which demands ransom

payments from her family. She is murdered when the family fails to pay.

-Two FBI agents and a police sergeant are murdered inside the Washington, D.C. police

headquarters by a gang member.

-A Pittsburgh police sergeant walking home with his daughter is killed with his own gun after he

stops and confronts a gang spraying graffiti on a street.

II. Resolved : that the Federal Government should pass laws to prevent the development gang related youth violence.


1. Development: as defined in Websters Dictionary is "to make more elaborate; to enlarge"

2. Gang: as defined in Websters is "A group of persons who are organized and work together or socialize regularly; a group of adolescent hoodlums or criminals; gang up on; to attack as a group."

3. Violence: as defined in Websters is "Physical force or activity used to cause harm, damage or abuse"

4. Youth: as defined in Websters is "The appearance or state of appearing young; the time of life when one is not considered a adult; a young person"

III. Our current juvenile justice system is no longer adequate for today's hardened young gang members. Demographics indicated this problem is not going away. In fact, only will get worse. This is a serious problem that can not be left unchecked. If this is not addressed it will only lead to the decay of our society. We must take action to combat gangs in a new way. Vice President Albert Gore recently told the White House press corps, 'Gangs have been a major cause of the growth...