Until There’s An Answer
Gang related incidents have been a chronic problem throughout the United States for several
Joseph Kuhen when the driver of the car taking them home made a wrong turn early Sunday morning.
Times printed one response to the shooting written by two emergency physicians, H. Range Hutson MD,
and Deirdre Anglin MD, who were deeply saddened by the shooting.
root causes of gang formation are effectively addressed, and gang access to illegally obtained firearms is
1987 and 1994, 95% of which were murdered with firearms and over half the murders were done as drive-
byes. Unfortunately, the means to correct even one of these problems was not included.
Hutson and Anglin do cite what they consider to be the root causes of gang formation: poverty,
assuming that the reader will agree with them. I believe that to be an unreasonable assumption
considering that while some people may agree with several of their points, the idea that many people
would agree with all their ideas without some sort of rationale behind it seems somewhat dubious. Even
if it is assumed that the reader agrees with their root causes, the decision not to discuss any means by
which to correct the root causes, significantly weakens their argument. If some type of solution was
recognize a problem that is recognized by many, and like the many, they don’t seem to have a solution.
problem with today’s society. Unfortunately, that was the only supported part of the article. Instead of
including more facts to support their ideas, they opted to go with the emotional approach, describing the,
acknowledge. As it stands, their article is simply another in an ongoing series, that, until a solution is
found, will continue to surface every so often.
1 Courtesy of CNN On-line