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Lisa says that every American should be concerned about the rise of gang activity. Towns like Houston, Omaha and Seattle are now home to MS-13. The glamorization of gang culture—from popular music to tattoos and shaved heads—is a trend Lisa finds disturbing. "We need to educate young people so that they don't emulate these kinds of guys," she says. "It's no joke, the gangster lifestyle."

Some kids find the gang lifestyle so attractive they claim to be members, Lisa says. "The MS members say to them, 'You think you're MS? Well, here's a gun—you go take this guy out. And if you don't do it, then you're going to pay the consequences for it.' It's blood in, blood out."
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FROM: Lisa Ling Goes Inside One of the World's Most Dangerous Gangs
Published on January 31, 2006

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