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INTRODUCTION Whats a good thing that pops into mind when you think of gangs I bet most of you here cant really imagine anything positive about gangs huh Thats mainly because of the media here today We dont usually hear or see gangs having a positive effect on society All we see or hear are negative effects that gangs promote especially on TV magazines and newspapers But let me get more to that later BACKGROUND Let me start off by describing to you people what a gang is The legal definition of a gang is a group of individuals bonded together by race national origin culture or territory who associate on a continual basis for the purpose of committing criminal acts There are several different types of gangs The most commonly found here today are street gangs Street gangs have leaders identifying signs such as clothing style colors hand symbols or graffiti marked on their turf Some engage in criminal activities and theyre committed to defend their reputation against any rival gangs The more infamous stories about rival gangs found here today are the Bloods and Crips and the death of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls Yeah I admit it Most gangs do promote negative effects such as drugs alcohol weapons and violence But in spite of all this I support gangs I believe we should attempt to help gangs by educating them instead of just trying to eliminate or criticize them POSITIONSUPPORT Why you ask We as a people must realize that gangs consist mainly of teens and young adults just like us The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that 90 percent of gang members are between the ages 12 and 21 We must understand that most teens join gangs because of racism poverty emotional needs and social support Gang members often come from homes where their parents neglect them or live in poor inner-cities called ghettos They may feel a need for
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