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Gang Violence in America It was a brisk day in late Autumn the ground masked by a blanket of red brownand yellow leaves Jimmy Payne walked slowly savoring the clear sky and cool dry weather Things were finally beginning to go Jimmys way He had been accepted to the University of North Carolina and was on his way to tell his grandparents the good news when he rounded a familiar alleyway He was too lost in thought to hear the shouts of violence and rage coming from the streets around him A shot rang out the bullet catching young Jimmy Payne square in the back of the head He was dead before he hit the ground This story is fictional but senseless violence such as this happens every day Gang violence not only kills millions a year but serves as a threat to organized society as we know it Gangs are an infection that plague the streets of nearly every urban area in America and is now spreading to rural areas as well We cannot allow our cities and suburbs to fall victim to gangs and violence There must be tougher legislation against gang activity as well as harsher punishments for gang related crimes Some people believe that enforcing these laws will mean an increase in taxes They do not find this extra money worth spending on Americas youth Certainly taxes are high enough already but how can we afford not to provide for the well-being of the young people of America The protection of citizens should be our foremost concern America has one of the highest violent crime rates in the world The citizens of the most powerful nation in the world should be able to go out at night without fear walk the streets of metropolitan areas freely and most importantly enjoy the liberties on which this great nation was built The rights to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness are all
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