One thing that really stuck out to me was in the article “Blocking the Transmission of Violence.” Kotlowitz said that CeaseFire doesn’t aim to get people out of gangs or to interfere in their drug trade. They only focus on Preventing shootings. I don’t know wether to agree or disagree. Im torn in between because I think CeaseFire is an awesome organization, its stopping people from being killed! But only focusing of shootings isn’t going to stop the cycle of violence. In the beginning of this article Kotlowitz tells a story about Martin Torres and how his nephew was shot and Torres wanted revenge. This just shows that violence is a cycle and needs to be stopped. Not that CeaseFire isn’t a great organization, but I just feel like it isn’t enough. If CeaseFire is really working and is making the shootings stop then if we expand Ceasefire maybe it could stop kids from joining gangs too. I feel like kids that live in poverty live in an environment in which gangs and violence are normal. So it becomes an ongoing cycle. Since the youth is brought up with all of that around them of course they will join it when they get older. And just like that their kids will grow up around it and become immune to it and join when they get older. So stopping shootings is a step in the right direction, but is it enough? Kotlowitz doesn’t talk about this in his article but I think he should have. What do YOU think?
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