Gangs In American Cities, Part One

Large U.S. cities that the rest of the world used to look at in envy are now being transformed into gang-infested hellholes with skyrocketing crime rates. Cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Camden, East St. Louis, New Orleans, Oakland and Stockton were once bustling with economic activity, but as industry has fled those communities poverty has exploded and so has criminal activity. Meanwhile, financial problems have caused all of those cities to significantly reduce their police forces. Sadly, this same pattern is being repeated in hundreds of communities all over the nation.

The mainstream media loves to focus on mass shooters such as James Holmes and Adam Lanza, but the reality is that gang violence is a far greater problem in the United States than mass shooters ever will be.

According to the National Gang Intelligence Center’s latest annual gang threat assessment, about 1.4 million active gang members involved in the 33,000 different gangs that are active inside the United States.  The number of gang members in the U.S. has increased by 40 percent since 2009.

Just think about that. That is absolutely astounding. Just since 2009, the number of gang members has increased by 40 percent!

The FBI says that 48 percent of all violent crime in most jurisdictions, and up to 90 percent in several others, can be directly traced to gangs and that this is a national crisis that is progressively getting worse.

There are several factors fueling this trend. Unemployment among our young people is at an epidemic level, about one out of every three U.S. children lives in a home without a father, and there are millions of young men who have come into this country illegally and have no way to legally support themselves once they arrive in our cities. Gangs provide a support system, a feeling of “community”, and a sense of purpose for many young people. Unfortunately, most of these gangs use violence and crime to achieve their goals, and they are taking over communities all over America.

In many areas of America today, families live behind windows that have bars on them and they won’t ever go out at night because it is just too dangerous. There are some communities that have pretty much been entirely taken over by the gangs.

If your community is not a gang-infested war zone yet, you should consider yourself to be very fortunate. If nothing is done about this, the violence and the crime that is fueled by these gangs will continue to spread, and eventually nearly every single community in the United States will be affected by it.

We don’t have a gun problem in America. What we have is a gang problem.

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