posted on Aug, 21 2010 @ 08:28 AM
Not to poo your point, because I understand your thinking, particularly if you consider that "terrorist" means someone attempting to instill
But I'm not sure "terrorizing" is the motive of the gang member. They are more interested in money, and gaining status among the other
hoodlums/group members, are they not?
Bear in mind, these are mostly kids. I've done a little research on gangs in the past, so the below is only off the top of my head.
By the time one is about 23, he's done with the gangs. He's tired of it, and ready to move on. Plus he knows, he's out of the "Juvenile Court"
jurisdiction now, and does not want to go to prison.
You are all familiar with "antisocial personality". This is a disorder which may not, according to DSM, be diagnosed in a person less than 18 years
So these kids are typically diagnosed with "Conduct Disorder". When they turn 18, the appropriate diagnosis is made.
However......there are two factions to Conduct Disorder.
1. Solitary Type
2. Group Type
Most gang members are "group type". As they age, they get over themselves, and much of the criminal activity.
It is the "solitary type" that typically is the sociopath/psychopath,antisocial personality disorder, who will have these traits the rest of his
life. These are the ones to truly fear, as they are the ones who only see you as an object, or someone they can gain from, and do not recognize your
Would I want to see a bunch of group-type kids, from impoverished and otherwise dysfunctional homes labeled as terrorists and punished accordingly?
And remember, this group is the vast majority of gangs.
Also, bear in mind, that in some cities gangs are so prevalent in some neighborhoods, that these kids almost have to join one, to survive. That is,
to have protection from opposing gang members.
While gangs and "gangstas" remain a societal problem, and must be dealth with, I think Juvenile Court, Juvenile Police, and family services are
best desiginated as the ones to cope with this population.
Sometimes the "heads" of the gangs, once evaluated, are determined to be "solitary type", as in really, really, messed up, and are behind the
ideas of the crimes, they are transferred to adult court, to be tried as an adult. I honestly think some headway has been made in recent years with
this way of managing things.
We don't have nearly the drive-by shootings we once did, (in my area) however, drugs in public schools remain a constant problem.
Just my two! But there is no arguing....that a group of kids coming at you with guns and knives can terrorize the crap out of you!
ETA: Not to say a youngster with "group-type" Conduct Disorder, won't kill you or harm you. He most certainly will. But he does so for approval
within the group, and usually in front of the group. He does so to gain status with them. As he grows older, he will come to regret his actions. He
will feel remorse, and wonder how he could have succumbed to such dreadful peer pressure, when he was a youngster.
The "Solitary Type", will never feel remorse for what he did. He would do it face to face with you alone in an alley or your home, with no
He will always remember the incident with fondness.
This type is actually rather uncommon.
[edit on 8/21/2010 by ladyinwaiting]