Like I mentioned in hip hop thread, some things are just firmly entrenched, unfortunately, and its a combination of existing infrastructure (broken homes/family, broken/not strict enough education, etc) and culture. Things like contribute to the endless cycle of violence and instability. Its easy to say pumping more wealth back into those parts , but most normal people don't want to risk opening businesses in those rough neighborhoods . Rather, the only businesses that seem to want to open down in those parts are the liquor stores (Hennessy's are an especially common drink in those parts btw ) and 7Eleven's. On a more practical note, we can probably cut down a decent chunk of gang violence and illegal arms dealing by focusing on our southern border *cough*. The southern CA ghettos (ie Compton), Arizona, and some parts of Texas are responsible of a large chunk of the dope and weapons smuggling. The Cartels make our regular OG's like ballerinas.