More Gangs = Less Crime

Written by Rizoh. Posted in Culture


Published on September 07, 2010 with 1 Comment

Street gangs, such as the Crips and Bloods, are often blamed for crime and violence. A recent recent study suggests that it’s actually the other way around. Violence causes gangs.

Wait, what?

There’s nothing wrong with your computer. You read that right. Curious minds Russell Sobbel and Brian Osoba examined the issue and concluded that the key to crime prevention is *drum roll* more gangs.

“Our analysis suggests not that gangs cause violence, but that violence causes gangs. In other words, gangs form in response to government’s failure to protect youths against violence. The surprising implication of our insight is that efforts to reduce gang activity could actually increase violent crime. “

Well, it’s not as straight-forward as that. At first, their stance seemed like a paradox. In the end, the principal argument — that gangs form in response to government’s failure to protect people — makes perfect sense.

If you only end up reading one article today, it should be this one. It’s thoroughly enlightening. If you will excuse me, I have to go brush on my gang signs.




Rizoh is the most powerful man in all the lands. He lives in Houston where he earned a BS in Nerf Herding. He's the founder of The Rap Up, the former editor of, and is in the Grammy-awaiting band Pervertable Disciples.

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