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Gangs are a violent reality that people have to deal with in todays cities Whathas made these groups come about Why do kids feel that being in a gang is both anacceptable and prestigious way to live The long range answer to these questions canonly be speculated upon but in the short term the answers are much easier to find Onthe 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 thesemorals are given to the individual Unfortunately these can only be hypothesized However by looking at the way humans are influenced in society I believe there is goodevidence to point the blame at several institutions These include the forces of the mediathe government theater drugs and our economic system On the surface gangs are caused by peer pressure and greed Many teens ingangs will pressure peers into becoming part of a gang by making it all sound glamorous Money is also an crucial factor A kid a 6-10 year old who is not yet a member isshown that she could make 200 to 400 for small part time gang jobs Although theseare important factors they are not strong enough to make kids do things that are strongly One of the ways that kids morals are bent so that gang violence becomes moreacceptable is the influence of television and movies The average child spends more timeat a TV than shehe spends in a classroom Since nobody can completely turn off theirminds kids must be learning something while watching the TV Very few hours oftelevision watched by children are educational so other ideas are being absorbed duringthis period of time Many shows on television today are extremely violent and are oftenshown this from a gangs perspective A normal adult can see that this is showing howfoully that gangs are living However to a child this portrays
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