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essay stating why people join gangs great insight


Gangs are a violent reality that people have to deal with in today's cities. What has

made these groups come about? Why do kids feel that being in a gang is both an acceptable

and prestigious way to live? The long range answer to these questions can only be speculated

upon, but in the short term the answers are much easier to find. On the surface, gangs are a

direct result of human beings' personal wants and peer must find the way that these morals are

given to the individual. Unfortunately, these can only be hypothesized. However, by looking at

the way people are influenced in society, I believe there is good evidence to point the blame at

several institutions. These include the forces of the media, the government, theatre, drugs and

our economic system.

On the surface, gangs are caused by peer pressure and greed.

Many teens in gangs will

pressure peers into becoming part of a gang by making it all sound glamorous. Money is also

an crucial factor. A kid (a 6-10 year old, who is not yet a member) is shown that she/he could

make $200 to $400 for small time gang jobs. Although these are important factors they

are not strong enough to make kids do things that are strongly against their morals

One of the ways that kids morals are bent so that gang violence becomes more

acceptable is the influence of television and movies. The average child spends more time at a

TV than she/he spends in a classroom. Since nobody can completely turn off their minds, kids

must be learning something while watching the TV. Very few hours of television watched by

children are educational, so other ideas are being absorbed during...