Gambling is an addictive habit. In many cases it ruins lives because gamblers usually care about nothing but gambling. If it is made unlawful, people might give up the habit or desist from taking it up at all.
Look, I work in a casino and before I took the job, I was saying all the same things as those on here who think gambling should not be illegal. I had the same opinions to justify my employment. But after 4 years of this soul-crushing job that our poor economy has me trapped in due to a lack of other available jobs, I have come to realize just how negative gambling is and have since changed my stance on this issue. Let me tell you, nothing good comes from gambling. Only the dumbest people will gamble and on average, most casino gamblers are arrogant, entitled, greedy, stupid, lazy and selfish. The try to lie to us, they try to cheat the casino and other players and they are just simply very irresponsible. Gambling is not a hobby and no, people do not do it for fun, like they try to claim. To these people, gambling is serious business, not entertainment, because they would rather win their money than work for it and to those ends, they are not even smart enough to invest in low risk stocks and bonds. They would rather put money they don't have, that they most likely got from a credit card cash advance, into a slot machine called "Hee Haw," featuring a picture of a retarded, buck-tooth donkey on the front, than to invest it in something smart like a Roth IRA. And these people actually feel that this is a sound investment, yet they find themselves surprised when they lose, not if but when, and then they get mad about it and start blaming everybody else around them, because after all, blaming other people is easier than taking responsibility for their own actions. And the worst part is, these people do not learn from their mistakes! They just keep doing it and doing and doing it and retain nothing from previous experiences! I see it everyday, people sign up for a comp card and when I ask for photo ID, they open their wallet and there it is, the Foodstamp card or the Welfare card. And then the next thing they ask me is where they can get a cash advance on a credit card. Look, this is bad for society and for the economy, no matter how you slice it. Most gamblers cannot afford to be gambling in the first place and then it costs everybody tax dollars. I don't know if they are on Welfare because of gambling or if they gamble because Welfare pays all their expenses and thus frees up money, but either way, one is the cause of the other and neither is good. Look, gambling is a problem, not "fun," not "entertainment," and not a "hobby." There is no such thing as "responsible gaming." Gambling by its very nature is irresponsible. And if you are religious, its also a sin, because you are trying to take something that is not yours to take. Now granted I know the casinos are wrong too, not just the players, but the casinos would not exist if people didn't go to them. And nobody puts a gun to your head and makes you go to the casino. Both sides of the common argument are wrong, but more so the gamblers because they provide the demand for which the casino exists to exploit. Yes, the argument can be made that casinos benefit the economy, but for every tax dollar made, just think of how many tax dollars it costs to hire additional law enforcement, to fund more Welfare and Foodstamps, and to fund gambling treatment programs. The costs of legalized gambling far outweigh the benefits of it. Gambling is addictive and leads to compulsive gambling problems and unhealthy obsessions, it promotes crime, sin, stupidity, laziness, arrogance, greed, selfishness, entitlement, and neglect of ones family among other horrible things, and in general, can be most accurately described as an economic and moral cancer in our society. Trust me, I work in a casino and deal with this crap everyday. And I am trying so hard to find another job and I have been for over 3 and a half years now. I know that benefiting from gambling is wrong too and it kills me inside to know where my paychecks come from, but I am doing the very best that I can to get out now. I am not perfect, I have my flaws too, I am not trying to pass judgment while I myself do something just as bad - I'm not that hypocritical. But you can trust what I tell about gambling because I see it constantly. I know I would be out of a job, but the greater needs of society outweigh my own, and to those ends, I strongly feel that gambling is bad for society and should be made unlawful. Casinos should be shut down and gambling made illegal again.
I can imagine that people who built casinos in black neighborhoods of big cities did it with the racist intention of keeping blacks subdued and out of white neighborhoods. Now, normally I'm not in favor of banning alcohol. It is a beverage and it's not something that can destroy a whole community. It can destroy some people's lives, however not an entire community. Gambling is something very different. It can destroy an entire community.
The people who make money are the casino operators, state tax system, bankrupcy lawyers, pawn shops and payday loan sharks. The real losers are every bussiness in the communities. The money raised through gambling is way less than the impact on local bussiness. Slot machines are popping up all over the country, inside convience stores, bars resturants etc. We need to stop this trend now.
At our school we had someone from British Columbia Responsible Gambling come in and talk to us about gambling addictions. I asked the speaker, "if gambling corporations make money from people gambling, then why should we even attempt to gamble?" This question basically shuts down the reason why we should ever have gambling in society. I also asked, "Do all casinos or gambling places have a front sign that says, "we make money from your gambling"? I truthfully believe if casinos or gambling areas have this sign, if not all people will understand that gambling is nothing but a sham.
It has been proven that when there is gambling activity there is a higher rate of drugs, prostitution, robbery, etc. Gambling hurts everyone. There is nothing good that comes out of gambling. We see how it affects families every day. People spend their rent money gambling it away and they are forced out of their homes because of it. We have woman and children who are homeless because of it. I could go on and on.
I believe that gambling can be beneficial for society. Opening casinos would create necessary jobs and create revenue for their locality. If a locality is struggling with a high deficit and a high unemployment rate then a casino could be the key to solving both of those problems.
Gambling can become an obsession that can lead to obsessive compulsive disorder. People who become obsessed with gambling act like drug addicts or alcoholics; they do whatever they can to calm their need to gamble. For that reason it should be unlawful. Gambling doesn't provide anything positive to society.
Even though people always gamble, whether it is legal or not, gambling should be strongly discouraged whenever possible. The people that gamble are usually the ones that do not have the extra money to lose. People can get addicted to gambling and the problem can ruin their lives. There is more disadvantages than advantages to have legalized gambling in an area.
Gambling is bad for the society. It ruins peoples life. People only see the glitz and glamour part of gambling. Very few people ever look at the loss they could face. It is hard earned money that you are letting down the drain. As the stake increases, more money goes down the drain. I have to admit I have seen people win millions in Vegas. But, that is not going to happen for everyone. People come to Vegas in cars and many end up in a greyhound or Amtrak after gambling. This explains what gambling is all about. Vegas is a sinner's paradise and gambling is definitely a big part of it. I wish it was made unlawful, but it is not going to happen. If it did happen, that would be the end of Vegas.
I have gone to Casino's for years. I take in what I am willing to lose, because the atmosphere is great and there is a slim possibility I may walk out with more than I walked in with. Me and my wife love to go to a casino about two times a year, and just get away. We spend our "extra" money we have saved up just for that occasion. We should have a choice to spend OUR money any way we choose, and yes some people do have addictions to gambling, but I am willing to bet that drugs and alcohol addiction are a MUCH worse problem than a Casino where most people go for a good time. I have a dozen friends that feel the same way and some friends that don't like Casino's at all......That's their American right. No one has a right to infringe upon that right. All my friends agree that even though they might not want to go, I and anyone else in America DOES RESERVE THE RIGHT FOR CHOICE! Its no different than telling me I have to stay away from Disney or Six Flags because they rip you off at the ticket gate just to ride on a potentially life threatening roller coaster or bumper cars, and pay outrageous prices for a souvenir inside the park. Its my choice to pay those outrageous prices with my hard earned money and to "gamble" on my safety.....Not yours.
• People use critical thinking and strategies when gambling in casinos.
• When you are gambling it is healthy to your brain because your using critical thinking skills and strategies.
• Gambling is a different form of therapy.
• The gambler finds relaxation in gambling which causes some good effects to health.
• Our economy gets larger from the different job opportunities.
• The government get lots of revenue from different casinos.
• The resulting increase in the tax revenue will also lower the tax burden on other sources.
• A new casino resort can create up to 10,000 new direct jobs.
• There is a larger diversity where there are casinos and gambling.
• People gain self-confidence from gambling inside of casinos.
• Some gamblers do not care about the money, they just want to have fun.
• From casino wins, even a poor person can become rich after gambling.
• Gambling and casinos are major tourist attraction. (e.G. Las Vegas)
• Many structures get built from casino money.
• Sometimes casinos give there money to different charities and funding.
• Tourism can attract one million visitors annually.
• Gambling cannot physically hurt someone’s health.
• The majority of people who gamble do not experience
• Gambling is seen like a low-risk social activity for participants of all ages.
• People can control gambling unlike drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol.
People should have the right to choose whether they want to take the risk of gambling. Even if gambling were made illegal people would find a way around this law, this would mean that the government would not get any of the money. The Government uses the money for education and healthcare (such as the national lottery fund). If gambling were banned it would only be the people running the illegal gambling who would make a profit.
In my opinion all it is, is pure fun. The Gambler has the choice to decide if it is responsible or irresponsible gambling. Brings entertainment and gives people the risk they feel they need in life. In this case the saying of don't hate the player hate the game would be switched for gambling.
Gambling generates money, and if its legal, then the government gets the tax money. It generates also workplaces. Those who say that gambling is bad, takes your soul, you loose money etc should firts consider that no one forces you to go to a casino. So if I want to loose my money there, why should I be not allowed, after all its my money. Or do we want to live in totalitarian society?
I do not think gambling is bad for society. If people who are addicted to gambling did not have casinos to blow money on, they would probably be addicted to something else that costs money anyway. Who knows - it could be something worse. Anyway, the point of gambling is to have fun. Most things these days that are fun cost money. It's not society's fault that some people cannot control themselves. To make it illegal is absurd. What's the point? People will just be more shady & probably break more laws to be able to do it anyway. If they get caught, there's another couple thousand to add to the already over crowded prisons.
Most people make a living from gambling. Just think of the stock market. It's a form of gambling, no? You lose some, you win some, it is all about the MONEY! People might argue that the casino is a highly dangerous place, but isn't it dangerous like any other place? Anywhere in this world has its dangers. Whether it is at 7-Eleven or the playground, everywhere has its dangers.
Most people make a living from gambling. Just think of the stock market. It's a form of gambling, no? You lose some, you win some, it is all about the MONEY! People might argue that the casino is a highly dangerous place but isn't it dangerous like any other place? Anywhere in this world has its dangers, whether it is at 7-Eleven or the playground, everywhere has its dangers.
Gambling can be an addiction just like alcohol and other vices. The results of the addiction have a ripple effect on families, communities, and society in the form of debt, building barriers in relationships, and sometimes involvement in criminal activities. I am personally against gambling just as I am personally against drinking. However, we should remember the lesson history taught us through Prohibition.
Legal gambling has its place in society. Forms of legal gambling, such as casinos and lotteries, help local governments raise revenue that can be used in the community.