[Ed. – Also true of jihadists]
Education Secretary Arne Duncan said on Tuesday that he has met with gang leaders in his hometown of Chicago and they’ve told him that it’s a lack of jobs that keeps them on the streets.
“We have to have jobs for young people,” Duncan said at the National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention in Crystal City, Va. “I probably shouldn’t say this in a room like this, but occasionally when I go home I’ll sit down with some of the gang leaders – back home in Chicago.”
He said he asked them what was the “biggest impediment” to getting gangs to stop their illicit activities.
“It’s jobs,” Duncan told the federal government-sponsored event. “So we need to think about what we do at scale to create those kind of opportunities for young people who just have to make some money, want to do it in a positive way, but in too many places they don’t exist.”
A May 2013 CBS report described Chicago as the gang capital of the United States, citing a 2012 Chicago Crime Commission (CCC) audit that found there were around 600 gangs operating in the city with membership totaling 70,000.