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Gangs are a violent reality that people have to deal with in todays 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 pressure To determine how to effectively end gang violence we must find the way that these morals are given to the individual Unfortunately these can only be hypothesized However by looking at the way humans are influenced in society 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 a crucial factor A kid a 6-10 year old who is not yet a member is shown that he or she could make 200 to 400 for small part time gang jobs Nisbet 1971 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 gang violence becomes more acceptable is the influence of television and movies The average child spends more time at a television than he or she spends in a classroom Since nobody can completely turn off their minds kids must be learning something while watching the television Very few hours of television watched by children are educational so other ideas are being absorbed during this period of time Many shows on television today are extremely violent and are often shown this from a gangs
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