I saw a news clip the other day about the increase of gang violence and activity here in Atlanta. One of the expert analysts they had said, "When the breakdown of the home and family is on the rise we can expect an increase in gang numbers and therefore gang violence." When I was a kid and I heard about gangs I always understood that they were made up of adults. That’s the way they were depicted in movies and on TV, like motorcycle gangs. I didn’t grow up in the city so TV was the only exposure I had to gangs and Westside Story is not an accurate depiction of reality. Still, as an adult having lived in Atlanta for 20 years it is still hard to wrap my head around kids 10, 12, 14 years old being involved in gangs. Robbery, murder, sexual encounters, drugs (using and selling), prostitution - all of that and more as a lifestyle ... for children! Analysts and police say its because they are searching for attention, for love, for respect, for what they should be getting at home. But when you go to their homes, in most cases, no one is there. There is no father in the picture half the time and the mother is working, drunk, on drugs or other wise not at home being a mother.