Do you think that gangs only affect each other or do they affect the community too?
Based on interviews and research, It is clear that gangs cause a great deal of harm to the community either emotionally or physically.
To begin, it has been proven that gangs cause a plethora of emotional harm to the community. This is true because when innocent people experience gang violence whether they see it happen to someone else or they happen to be in the crossfire it creates emotional harm. In an interview with an Oakland resident he explained how he felt after witnessing a gang shooting, “ I first heard gunshots when I was inside then my dad told me to call him to come inside. But when I looked outside he was on the ground, bleeding, screaming for help. I was mad that there was nothing I could do. I was scarred.” This proves that gangs cause emotional harm to the community because they didn’t expect for this to happen to them because they weren’t involved in any gangs themselves. This also proves that gangs affect the innocent people in the community that don’t do anything to get affected by them. These kinds of experiences may be the ones that cause for people to get PTSD ( Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) which is a disorder where you can’t recover or forget about experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. These kinds of experiences are the ones which may change the rest of their lives. To add on, In an interview with a different Oakland resident she said, “ When I heard the gunshots, I saw my life flash between my eyes. I thought I was going to die that day. It hasn’t been the same since.” This once again proves that the community has to sometimes pay for what gangs do. In this case it almost cost her her life. This may also lead to PTSD which explained earlier or any other mental illness like OCD ( Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ) or Anorexia. In conclusion, it is very clear that gangs or gang violence cause a great deal of harm to the community.

Secondly, it has been proven that gangs cause a load of physical harm to the community. This is true because when gang violence doesn’t only hurt the people in gangs but it may hurt any bystanders who are close enough to the act to understand what’s going. For example, in a interview with a Oakland resident they said,“ I never thought going to a party could be this dangerous. I also never thought that going to that party was going to end like this, with me being in a wheelchair, paralyzed for the rest of my life.” This quote proves my point because he had gone to that to have fun, spend time with family, enjoy his life. But he never knew that he would get shot. He wasn’t involved in any gangs, he didn’t have anything to do with the shooting. He was still shot and now he’s paralyzed and it will have an effect on his life that he won’t be able to change. To add on, In the article 16 Arrested In Oakland Gang Violence Crackdown by CBS they said,“ Police said one well-known victim of the gang violence was 3-year-old Carlos Nava, who was killed in the 6400 block of International Boulevard at about 1:10 p.m. on Aug. 8, 2011, in a shooting that prosecutors said was carried out by two 69th Village members who were targeting two 65th Village members.” This shows how the community is affected by the acts of gang violence. A innocent 3 year old boy who got shot by a gang member trying to shoot another gang member. This is how the community is getting affected by gangs a innocent 3 year old boy died due to gang violence. In conclusion, it is very clear that gangs can cause physical harm to the community.


16 Arrested In Oakland Gang Violence Crackdown



  1. Author
    Mario 4 years ago

    Dear Bea,

    How are you? How have you been? I want to thank you for taking the time to look and read over my blog. I will be happy to answer all the questions you have about my topic. With the first being what are some examples of mental illnesses in gang violence. I believe that the most is PTSD ( Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ) because the survivors are most likely to be traumatized after the act and they might be scarred for life from that instance on. If you have any more questions feel free to ask them and I will gladly answer.

    Sincerely, Mario

  2. Bea 4 years ago

    Hi Mario,
    I really like that you chose this topic because not many people really talk about it. It was very saddening to read about the individual ending up paralyzed after being shot from going to a party.. It seemed like it was one of those “wrong place, wrong time” kind of instances.
    In addition, you mentioned that gangs cause “mental illness like OCD ( Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ) or Anorexia”, but I would like to know how exactly that is and possible examples or research of individuals that have been affected by gangs in such a way.

    Great job!

  3. William 4 years ago

    Dear Mario,
    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “This is true because when innocent people experience gang violence whether they see it happen to someone else or they happen to be in the crossfire it creates emotional harm”. I think this is wild because some people can’t control the environment around them and the gang activity because of poverty. Gang activity mostly occur in a poor neighborhood rather than a rich neighborhood because the rich people can easily move away from the gang activity rather than the poor, they have no choice but to stay where they are.

    Sincerely, William J

  4. Benji Villatoro 4 years ago

    Thank you for the post it is a very interesting topic and I like that you care about this topic. I would suggest you have charts or graphs that show the effects of having gangs in your community. Also to further strengthen your point have research made by psychologists that speak about the psychological effects gangs have on your community. I read where you talked about the experience that your dad had with gang violence but I would like to know how the situation has affected you and how even till this day do the effects of the altercation affect you.

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    Mario 4 years ago

    Awesome Bro! Keep it up. Heard you’re a youtuber. You’re sexy too.

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