Why Gangs Become Violent
- Young people engaged in illegal activity often carry weapons for protection.
- Violence takes place in retaliation for real or perceived wrongs by another gang.
- Retaliation may target ANY member of a gang, not necessarily the offending individual.
- Once a climate of war exists between two gangs, violence may be continual.
- Once recognized as a gang member a young person is in serious danger of being hurt or killed.