Gangs: Until There's An Answer



Gang related incidents have been a chronic problem throughout the
United States for several years now. Los Angeles, perhaps the area most
troubled by gang violence in the country, is once again in the news. On
September 17, 1995, 3-year-old Stephanie Kuhen was with her younger brother,
2-year-old Joseph Kuhen when the driver of the car taking them home made a
wrong turn early Sunday morning. Gang members surrounded the vehicle,
blocked the driver's escape and opened fire. Stephanie Kuhen was killed
and Joseph was shot through the ankle. Currently, there are four members
of the gang known as the "Mexican mafia" in custody. Los Angeles Police
Chief Willie Williams called the gang ...

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continue. The claim was presented in such a
fashion that, while based on widely accepted ideas, an appeal to the
emotions through sympathy for the injured children was also applied. To
justify their claim, statistics such as 28 children under the age of 10
were murdered between 1987 and 1994, 95% of which were murdered with
firearms and over half the murders were done as drive-byes. Unfortunately,
the means to correct even one of these problems was not included.
Hutson and Anglin do cite what they consider to be the root causes
of gang formation: poverty, stressed families, unemployment,
underemployment, lack of education, racism, and a breakdown of
sociocultural institutions. However, they do not provide any justification
for their "root causes," thus assuming that the reader will agree with
them. I believe that to be an unreasonable assumption considering that
while some people may agree with several of their points, the idea that
many people would agree with all their ideas ...

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