Is prohibition to blame for gang violence?

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Carolee - posted on 10/17/2010

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Part of the gang problem is "helped along" by prohibition. I think the real issue is that parents flat-out refuse to teach their children that, just because you live in the ghetto, does NOT mean that you have to "act" like it. Everyone CAN better themselves. Yes, most of them will still struggle, but that's better than having a ton of kids you don't see because you're in jail all the time... or getting shot! I think that if we all tought our children to have respect for others and have pride in themselves and that there are ways to better your community, then they could have a better outlook on life in general.

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Jenny - posted on 10/17/2010

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I'm going to come back to this tomorrow with a longer answer. Prohibition is a HUGE reason for gangs. Anybody remember Al Capone and friends? It's the SAME reasoning for all drugs. Gangs are unions who don't follow the law. They are supplying a demand. We will NEVER get rid of the demand, we need a smarter way to handle the supply. Even water buffalo like to get into the opium.

Carolee - posted on 10/17/2010

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Gangs will always exist, but maybe we can dwindle down the numbers a bit.

Petra - posted on 10/17/2010

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I think there is a very, very strong correlation between the two, but not direct cause and effect. If the government were to end drug prohibition, gangs would find some other illegal activity to fund their existence. Under current legislation, illegal narcotics are the most lucrative trade to fund their organizations. Gangs are not founded solely on the illegal substance trade, but on crime itself. As long as poverty, unemployment and capitalism exist, gangs and crime will exist too. Gangs and crime go hand in hand.

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