I, also, must agree with posters #2 and #3. People who tend to join gangs are those with low self esteem and feel as if they do not belong anywhere. The gang creates a sense of family--all for one, one for all. The members of a gang look out for one another and are typically led by a "father figure." While this term is not recognized, there is always the one in charge, who hands down the rules, and insures his "family" is taken care of. No different from the typical family, when rules are broken, members are punished. Unfortunately, many of the actions by gangs are illegal and violent; but, this does not take away from the members' feelings of belonging.