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GANGS Gangs are a violent reality that people have to deal within todays cities What has made these groups come about Why do kids feel that being in a gang is both an acceptable andprestigious way to live The long range answer to thesequestions can only be speculated upon but in the short termthe answers are much easier to find On the surface gangsare a direct result of human beings personal wants and peerpressure To determine how to effectively end gang violence wemust find the way that these morals are given to the individual Unfortunately these can only be hypothesized However bylooking at the way humans are influenced in society I believethere is good evidence to point the blame at severalinstitutions These include the forces of the media thegovernment theatre drugs and our economic system On the surface gangs are caused by peer pressure andgreed Many teens in gangs will pressure peers into becomingpart of a gang by making it all sound glamorous Money is alsoan crucial factor A kid a 6-10 year old who is not yet amember is shown that she could make 200 to 400 for smallpart time gang jobs Although these are important factors theyare not strong enough to make kids do things that are stronglyagainst their morals One of the ways that kids morals are bent so that gangviolence becomes more acceptable is the influence of televisionand movies The average child spends more time at a TV thanshehe spends in a classroom Since nobody can completely turnoff their minds kids must be learning something while watchingthe TV Very few hours of television watched by children areeducational so other ideas are being absorbed during this periodof time Many shows on television today are extremely violentand are often shown this from a gangs perspective A normaladult can see that this is showing how foully that gangs areliving However to a child
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