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Juvenile Homicide Juvenile Homicide amongst gang members has been on a recent rise Today younger people are joining gangs and they are responsible for many of the violent acts committed in our society An estimated 3340 member-based gang homicides were committed in the United States in 1997 The national homicide total was 18210 in 1997 and youth gangs were involved in eighteen percent of homicides nationwide Youth Violence According to David L Bender the bigger a gang gets the more violent and evil it becomes Youth Violence David L Bender believes that there are distinct differences between large and small gangs The biggest distinction is between the weapons used by small and large gangs to commit criminal behavior including juvenile homicide He stated that small gangs are primarily known to use knives chains clubs and homemade zip guns Large gangs are known for their organized arsenals which include sophisticated assault rifles submachine guns antitank weapons and high powered explosives David L Bender concluded that bigger gangs cause a greater catastrophic number of criminal acts including juvenile homicide David L Bender also stated that these weapons are involved in many criminal situations Juveniles most commonly use these weapons in cases of revenge or retaliation Youth Violence In certain acts of juvenile crime guns are used in drive-by shootings to shoot a member from another rival gang Many times these careless acts end up killing innocent victims and sometimes members of their own gang Youth Violence David L Bender states that many times these people do not know what they are physically doing with the deadly weapon Many times they do not care who they hurt or kill in the process of their criminal action Paul A Strasburg states that guns are one of the most important processions for gang members He believes that todays gang members are more dangerous than ever Kids are killing and being killed for pocket change jackets
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