Not just a few of these "full grown men" started off as bangers themselves. They
Originally Posted by DontTreadOnI
"got into a little home-town jam(With apologies to "The Boss")
... put a rifle in his hand
Sent him off to a foreign land"
And there, in the armed forces of the good ol' US of A; they learned tactics, they learned how to recruit, they learned weaponry, and they learned how to kill with no remorse.
Once back, they became "officers" in a different "band of brothers," and share what they have learned and put it to use. Fortunately, for the most part, this knowledge is spent on rival gangs (the enemy)... and not the rest of us...
Some though, are bringing their personal wars out onto the streets where real people are... victims.
Is it really getting worse and worse? I don't know.
About half of firearm homicides in Canada in 2008 were gang related. according to one study. In another, Green Bay, Wisconsin LE agencies came up with 40 gangs in the city with a total membership about 562 (this was spring 2010) and were fretting that GB might soon be as bad as Milwaukee.
I do know this... Back in Jr High I lived in a decent neighborhood in Chicago... the public school I attended was not in my good neighborhood. It sometimes took me an hour to get home and I only lived 4 blocks away. My parents couldn't understand why I was so scared of the kids in my school, but moved me to a private school anyway. Two weeks after I changed schools, the downstairs neighbor kids were walking to my old school wearing black arm bands... I asked why...
2 other kids and their parents were beaten to death with a baseball bat(one parent survived in the hospital in a vegetative state). Why? Because one of the kids had heard some gang members on the school playground talking about a planned robbery, and told a teacher, who reported it to the police.
Some of the bangers were caught. Somehow the bangers found out who the snitches were, and took retaliation on the family... The kids(you ask)? The kids were in 3rd and 5th grade. The school was only K-8... The oldest bangers who committed the murders were in 8th and 9th grade.
So, I don't really think it's worse... a bit more widespread. . .