Ant McQueen said:
To be honest, a lot of these n*ggas ain't out here bustin' their gun to feed their family. It's usually over petty sh*t or n*ggas that want to be known in the hood as someone who will shoot. I'd say that being unemployed = having nothing to do (boredom) = " finding " something to do.
I know plenty of dudes who hustle to make money. The ones who are really about their money aren't the ones out there shooting people because they know that doing that only brings complication to their hustle.
That's just my opinion (fu*k my opinion).
You have to think tho, that if these kids had a summer job, then they would be more occupied and have some hope or something to do. I know when I was a teen in the 90s getting a decent above minimum wage summer job was nothing, but now these kids are competing with guys who have 20+ years work experience to work at Wendy's and McDonalds is considered a GOOD job because of the benefits.
I agree with you 100% about the hustlers who are established not doing random k!llings, but you have to think a lot of this is also a.ssaults and r*pes and robberies, trap houses don't report when they get robbed, so it IS to some degree desperate people doing desperate things. Anyone who has been poor knows the frustration that can lead to mindless violence - wanting to knock anyone's head off who looks at you long from being so hopeless. Families fall apart from the stress of hard economic times.