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Gangs and our Society On any given day you can pick up a newspaper or turn on a television and find something about gang violence A Los Angeles deaf girl was shot to death while signing to a friend Police say that she was shot because a gang member thought she was giving gang signs In Illinois a 20-year-old man was shot while getting his baby daughter out of his car A teenager was reported by police to have approached the man in his driveway and opened fire After arresting the suspect he told police it was part of his initiation to shot someone he did not know A Washington DC 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 Two FBI agents and a police sergeant are murdered inside the Washington DC 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 Gangs today are more numerous and deadly than those romanticized nearly 40 years ago in screen and stage productions of West Side Story Trends in gang violence and crime are accelerating faster than ever before Nationally combating deadly street gangs has become one of the top priorities of the Federal Bureau of Investigation No longer only of concern to a large metropolis like Los Angeles the gang problem now extends to small cities towns and suburbs Diane McNamara As gang related crimes increase officials are trying to find out why people join and remain loyal to gangs By studying societies influence on humans there is evidence to blame several forces These speculations include the forces of peer pressure broken families gang loyalty protection our economic system the government and the media On the surface gangs are caused by greed and peer pressure After all everyone loves to
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