I’m sure that gangs are a natural part of life for any minority or group of immigrants. I have little doubt that gangs (like the poor) will always be with us. Therefore, I’m not going to argue that I or anyone else can dream up an idea that can eliminate gangs.
But it still might be possible to make an occasional insight that would reduce the incidence of gangs. Instead of having 100 gangs, with a little common sense, maybe we could reduce the number to 20 or even 10.
• I’ve been watching two videos on gangs. One describes the Hispanic “MS13″ gang. The other tells the history of the Negro “Bloods” and “Crips” gangs. All three gangs fight other gangs (including the cops) for territory and then extort “protection money” from the businesses in their territory. If businesses don’t pay for “protection,” their owners can lose their property or their lives.
Extortion by gangs seems cruel and unjustifiable. But, when you stop to think about it, there’s not much difference between the protection money extorted by the the gangs from the taxes imposed by the government. If you don’t pay your taxes to the government “protector” (they’re here to help us, y’ know), you can also lose your property and at least your liberty.
Apparently, that’s the primary difference between gangs and government. If you don’t pay the gangs, they’ll kill you. If you don’t pay the government, they won’t killl you, but they might take a few years of your life. Government is simply a “kinder, gentler” gang–but it’s still just a gang.