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Cause they get mixed up with the wrong people. Either that or their upbringing has something to do with it. Kids start off bad early in School, I remember telling my Second Grade Teacher that I was in a gang and gee did she give a lecture about gangs! 8o It was like "No Gangs!", we shall have no Gangs in this classroom. :)
(These are for the "gangsta" type of gangs. Naw wudda meen?)
The main reason is they desire to feel a sense of validation by joining a group that would feed their ego enough that they're "tough" and "all that". They need to use violence in order to feel secure about themselves and also feel powerful as well.
There are other casual reasons, such as wanting money, drugs, sex, fun, weapons, or the rush of action.
Nice photo of a tattooed man. I don't know, to each his own probably. But I guess, it's for notoriety, acceptance, false brotherhood, sexual satisfaction (yes there are homo gangsters or closet people or co-ed gangs), money, protection, security, etc. Somewhere along those lines...
Safety in numbers. Gangs tend to spring up in unsafe or poverty stricken areas mostly and in order to guarantee safety people band together. That those bands end up making the area even more dangerous is unimportant. It's simply part of humanity's most base tribal instinct of "Us vs. Them."
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