Gangs do what they do because it gives them a sense of power, along with a sense of belonging. Carrying a gun makes them feel powerful, cool and tough. In addition, they have back-up. Their homies protect them. If anyone messes with them or disrespects them, the group will come to their defense. They’re not alone. They ‘belong’ to something bigger – strength in numbers. And besides, who wants to work as an $8 per hour wage slave when you can make thousands of dollars a week selling drugs?
In short, gangs do what they do because they like it.