Gang-related deaths typically aren’t the product of fights over drugs — as many assume — but rather result from grudges between rival gangs that erupt into violence, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Gang homicides nearly always involve guns, usually occur in public places and the victims tend to be under the age of 19, the agency reported on Thursday in a study that examined 2003-2008 data from Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland, California; Oklahoma City; and Newark, New Jersey.
“These incidents most often result when contentious gang members pass each other in public places and a conflict quickly escalates into homicide with the use of firearms and drive-by shootings,” the CDC said.
They don’t link to the actual study, so I can look over the methods, also I’m not familiar with the reporting methods of said crimes to see if there’s any resolution issue with the raw data. Still let’s take it at face value, and say this is indeed true. Certainly I frequently read about gang murders that seem to conform to this.
But why are gangs rivals? Why do they have “turf wars”? Why are there Gangs at all? What do they do?
If this story is to be believed and most of the deaths are a results of the more tribal side of gangs, than the enforcement side, still the fuel behind gangs, and the attraction of young men to enter these groups is the drugs, and the money the drugs generate.
Back in the 20s there were gangs doing the same thing, and they were doing it over booze and gambling. We legalized both and they stopped.
Take the hint.