An introduction to the issue of gang violence in the united states

Gangs in the United States

Examining the above materials can identify similarities and differences found in the various cited sources, such arguments for and against gun control policy in North America. For many members, reaching prison gang status shows the ultimate commitment to the gang. Gang membership is also associated with early sexual activity and illegal gun ownership.

National Youth Gang Survey Analysis

The increasing social isolation felt by African-American communities across the nation continued unabated in the s and 90s, leading to higher rates of social pathologies, including violence.

Furthermore, as was mentioned in class discussion and lectures, the strength or influences of the mass media to glorify violence has had detrimental effects on North American society.

Mara Salvatrucha is one of the most dangerous gangs in the United States, and its activities include drug and weapons trafficking, auto theftburglaryassaultand murder including contract killings. Presently, Canada does have the advantage of gun control unlike the U. Harris also suggests that America has "developed a unique permanent racial underclass" which provide conditions for both the motive and opportunity for violent criminal behaviour Moreover, Canadians appear to be less supportive of home owners using firearms to defend themselves than are Americans" Mauser: The importance of this issue is that not all North Americans are necessarily supportive of strict gun control as being a feasible alternative to controlling urban violence.

Many gangs, including foreign and transnational gangs, hold that the only way to leave the gang is through death. Now they are often innocent bystanders killed or injured by stray bullets.

Introduction to Gangs

As demonstrated in the film: Kennett of Trent University, they looked at the use of firearms in Canadian homicides between the years of Academic problems such as frustration due to low performance, low expectations, poor personal relationships with teachers, and the presence of learning disabilities are all risk factors.

They lost touch with their roots and grew into one of the largest and most infamous criminal gangs in the United States. In their study they found that "in Canada there were handgun killings perpeople compared to in the U.

This, coupled with the availability of drugs, including alcohol, leads to much of the impulsive violence that occurs.

As Internet pages like MySpace, YouTube, Twitter, AIM, and Facebook become more popular, law enforcement works to understand how to conduct investigations related to gang activity in an online environment. Prison gangs often have several "affiliates" or "chapters" in different state prison systems that branch out due to the movement or transfer of their members.

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The activities of organized criminal groups are highly varied, and include drug, weapons, and human trafficking including prostitution and kidnappingart theftmurder including contract killings and assassinationscopyright infringementcounterfeiting, identity theft, money launderingextortionillegal gambling, and terrorism.

Mundt, of the University of North Carolina, points out that "Crime in America is popularly perceived [in Canada] as something to be expected in a society which has less respect for the rule of law than does Canadian society Please see the Prevalence of Gang Problems section.

Inlegislation was passed by the Canadian Parliament regulating long guns for the first time, restructuring the availability of firearms, and increasing a variety of penalties. As Mauser points out that "it has been argued that cultural differences account for why Canada has stricter gun control legislation than the United States" In his book, The Saturday Night SpecialRobert Sherrill explains the cheap, usually illegal, easily concealed handgun that plays a part in so many crimes in the United States.

From througha sizeable majority more than 80 percent of respondents provided data on gang-related homicides in their jurisdictions. Many of these services also permit users to send and receive private messages and talk in private chat rooms. Mauser mentions that Canadians are "more supportive of stricter controls on handguns than are AmericansDomestic violence statistics: 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

(CDC, ) Find Us; Nearly half of all women and men in the United States will experience psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

(CDC, ). Gang Prevention: An Overview of Research and Programs Since the midth century, gang violence in this country has become widespread—all 50 states and the District of Columbia report gang problems, and reports have increased for 5 of the past 7 years.

Gang Violence Is on the Rise, Even as Overall Violence Declines “About 85 percent of serious gang activity is concentrated in metropolitan areas in the United States.”. Transnational Anti-Gang (TAG) Task Forces.

The Mara Salvatrucha (MS) and 18th Street gangs continue to expand their influence in the United States. Please discuss this issue on the article's talk page.

The first street-gang in the United States, the 40 Thieves, began around the late s in New York City. The gangs in Washington D.C. had control of what is now Federal Triangle, in a. Section I: Gun Violence in the United States.

The Nature of the Problem and Current Trends. In (the most recent year for which data are available), 34, people died from gunfire in the United States.

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