Good Day World!
International terrorism is the trending topic these days.
Some Americans worry about Syrian refugees coming to our country and bringing violence.
What they should really be concerned about is the immediate threat the entire nation faces right now; domestic terrorists, aka gangs.
Gangs, from the West Coast to the East Coast, have murdered more innocent people than all of the combined attacks from international terrorists in this country – and that includes 911.
Startling fact: There are 33,000 active gangs in the United States.
So, why isn’t this senseless ongoing slaughter a topic for presidential candidates? Could it be they’re afraid of alienating possible voters? There must be some reason why we continue to allow gangs to flourish.
Until our politicians prioritize going after these gangs on a national level (which should involve Homeland Security), there are steps that can be taken to combat these gangsters.
- Mobilizing Communities to Address Gang Problems (Adobe PDF)
- Multidisciplinary Gang Intervention Teams (Adobe PDF)
- Street Outreach and the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model (Adobe PDF)
- Gang Prevention: An Overview of Research and Programs
This 2010 OJJDP bulletin presents research on why youth join gangs and how a community can build gang prevention and intervention services. The author summarizes recent literature on gang formation and identifies promising and effective programs for gang prevention.
Time for me to walk on down the road…