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neilrap3
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Gangs and gang activity should be illegal and taken action against of.

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Started: 4/13/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 10 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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NYCDEBATER

Pro

Gangs and gang activity should be illegal and taken against of.
Growing up in Brooklyn and Queens, I know what it's like to witness middle school boys suddenly joining gangs and trying to act tough, ruining their lives in the process of it. I am a person of color, and it is true that majority of gang members are people of color. Gangs cause a lot of controversy.
1) Many people are pressured to join gangs. They get threatened, that they will be killed or their family members will be killed if they don't join. This form of force is terrible, especially on a teenage boy or girl who has so much more to do in life.
2) Gangs are perceived as a way of not having to work or get an education. Especially in communities that are infested with poverty. Instead of having a will to actually work and get a job, many people convince themselves and others that joining the gang will be the right thing to do and make money.
3) Gangs are looked on as culture now. All this new rap music and gang culture influences many young kids to join such activity. I would know because I listen to hip hop and rap as well. As much as it sounds great, it's not a great role model. Many kids perceive gangs as cool, and end up ruining their lives and getting killed amongst it.
"You must look at this way for the betterment of America. Crime would decrease dramatically, and this would actually give a chance for many kids to get an education and continue on with their lives. If it is made illegal, obviously many gangs would continue with what they are doing. This is why it is important to take action against it. To force guns and knives out of these kid's hands and put a book in their hand. Taking action against gangs, like having a harsh punishment for those who continue to join gangs can influence many to stop with what they are doing.
This is why I believe gangs and gang activity should be made illegal and have action taken against it.
neilrap3

Con

Gangs and the formation of such groups are and should stay legal. By taking away the right to from a group or an assembly, you are taking away the rights of Americans. America was founded on the fundamental values of freedom, and by taking away the right to form a group or "gang" you are taking away the people rights. In addition to this, "gang activity" is not the thing that should be taken action against. The people or peoples in the gangs that preform the illegal activity should be the ones getting into trouble, not the gang as a whole. Punishing the individual, rather than the group as a whole will send a ripple effect, or a domino effect throughout the organization that will provide as an insensitive to not preform the illegal activity again. Also, how would any law govern this? What is the definition of a gang? Once these laws are establish, the groups would just find loopholes like always, thus causing the cycle to repeat itself once again. Though the common consensus will most likely be pro getting rid of gangs and gang activity, I ask the readers to truly consider the law and the freedoms of Americans. Thank you.
Debate Round No. 1
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Posted by MaxLamperouge 10 months ago
MaxLamperouge
Gangs and activities are already illegal.
Posted by Ragnar 10 months ago
Ragnar
Please add definitions.
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