Politics and Economics (CGU)
Military and Veterans Studies | Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences
The New York and Oklahoma City bombings have shown that the United States is no longer immune to politically motivated terrorist attacks. The latter proved that no part of the country was invulnerable; even worse, the perpetrators may be our own disenfranchised citizens.
Is it possible that street gangs' engaging in such activity looms on the horizon? Although it is unlikely that they would act on a political agenda, the emerging patters are all too familiar. The expanding presence of street gangs in the United States can be linked both to military trends in the non-Western world and to future warfighting concerns—particularly in terms of the disruption of a society's social organization. One important implication coming from recognition of these trends is that the concept of terrorism itself is being reevaluated by scholars.
© 1996 International Association of Chiefs of Police
Bunker, Robert J. "Street Gangs: Future Paramilitary Groups?” The Police Chief. Vol. 63. No. 6. June 1996: 54-59.