• Gambling should be legalized and taxed, it will earn money.

    I do believe that they should legalize and tax gambling. There is a lot of money to be made from gambling and the taxation placed on it. There are plenty of other countries that benefit from having gambling legal. People go to lass Vegas and Biloxi to gamble, so if gambling is legal they would spend a lot on it.

    Posted by: barbiegirll
  • I support legalizing gambling along with taxing it since it will help balance our government's budget.

    By legalizing and taxing gambling it will provide another revenue stream for the government in their quest to balance the budget. Gambling should be taxed just like other vices such as alcohol and tobacco. Perhaps by legalizing and taxing gambling people will take it a little more seriously. By taxing gambling perhaps it will provide enough revenue so that other areas that are currently taxed (i.e. food) can either be reduced or removed which will lighten up the tax burden on the low economic group.

    Posted by: VampMarce
  • I believe gambling should be legalized and taxed because whether it is illegal or not, it still goes on.

    Gambling happens. Whether the government says it is legal or not, it still occurs under the table. The best thing that the government can do is legalize it, create regulations for fairness and safety, and tax it. It is similar to the idea of prostitution in Nevada. It is going to go on no matter what the law says - you can't prevent it. The best thing you can do for peoples' safety is to legalize, but regulate it.

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  • Not everyone is addicted

    Sure there are some people who are addicted to gambling but they've got nobody to blame but themselves. They obviously knew that if they kept betting their money on junk they don't need they would eventually become broke. It's like drugs, people start taking drugs but they knew very well before they even started that it will possibly kill them later. So legalize gambling and don't blame the government when people get addicted.

  • YES! Helps economy

    Andres is gay and gambling can bring tax money also bring a lot of money and make people broke so its a good thing because people can get rich and real Madrid is trash becuse they cant win a treble and also andres is stupid because he has a 25 in math 2 regular

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  • Yes but regulated

    People should have the freedom to choose how they spend their earnings. Can gambling be addicting? Yes it can. However, that argument s completely invalid, because if we were to remove everything addictive from society then we should hardly start with gambling. The difficult part is monitoring of funds and the possibility of money laundering. The UK has been able to successful regulate and monitor for decades without issue. This is a hurdle, but by no means an impossible feat as I've stated, it has been done.

    Gambling should be legal not only for moral grounds when speaking of a free nation, but also from a financial point of view when considering the additional taxable revenue to the state.

  • People have the right to spend their money how they want to.

    People have a certain amount of money, and if they think that it would be good for themselves to gamble it, then they should be able to. The government should not interfere in the choices of individuals, and should stay out of people's choices and lives. Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes

  • Legalized yes, taxed no. People who gamble are people bad at math and it's wrong to have a special tax for the ignorant.

    When my dad was working he would go to a lot of poker games. Somewhere along the line I figured out that "winning" a game was a way of paying a bribe without having it called a bribe as such, sort o a businessman's prostitution. In the very nature o gambling people attempt to use money to influence others without actually doing work as such. There's no way someone who has to pay a bribe can complain to the law as it is: "He made me lose at poker!" Adding taxes will only reduce people's willingness to talk about the use o gambling to get jobs done that really should not be done.

    Posted by: groovybox
  • why should it?

    • Legalizing gambling can affect young children a lot. Since it can get a person a lot of money in an easy way, young children may follow the wrong path.
    • Gambling becomes addictive very easily. This leads to a lot of debts. Family problems occur and there are fights in the house.
    • Even though gambling may get a lot of money, if a person looses, social impact is heavy.
    • Citizens should be encouraged for better things rather than legalizing gambling. Gambling undoubtedly may generate a lot of revenue; legalizing gambling will make people loose their savings in the thirst of earning money the easy way.
    • Legalizing gambling would also attract people who didn’t gamble at all!
    • Gambling may lead to political corruption as well.

  • I oppose the legalization of and taxation of gambling. There are enough places to legally gamble. We don't need legalized gambling everywhere.

    Gambling is limited to certain places because each state should be the decider regarding what activities are legal there. Many states have decided that gambling is not something they want in their state, or they only want it in certain places. Gambling can be a huge drain on the resources of the poorest people in a state. The state, through its social services, must support those who are the poorest, and gambling can create more poor. The casinos are set up to win more than they lose, so the odds are against the individual gambler. Where gambling is legal, it is taxed, but this it not enough to outweigh the drain on society in general.

    Posted by: 5kyErto
  • The negative consequences of gambling far outweigh the benefits and thus gambling should not be legalized.

    The loss associated with gambling far outweigh any benefit. The loss out weighs any monetary benefit that would be gained from the revenues gathered through taxation. The cost of gambling addiction alone would far outweigh any benefits of legalizing gambling. It is a documented fact that lotteries and other gambling enterprises hurt those who are unable to afford to gamble. Those loss of food and diaper and money for necessities to gambling is destructive to the family. That is another reason why legalizing gambling is not beneficial.

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  • It should be ILLEGAL

    All forms of gambling and casinos should be illegal. Gambling unevenly distributes the wealth from the poor to the rich casinos. If the population of people who gambled got more money from winning at the casinos, then the casinos would be in business very long now would they? In order for casinos to make money, they have to take it from the hard working stupid people who choose to gamble it away. They then proceed to complain about how the "1%" has all the money and they don't when they just gambled all their money and fed the large casinos.

  • Nooooo lets not

    Legalizing gambling will just affect your family and grow gambling addictions many people can lose there families and maybe there job . And there economy levels may drop because the addiction to gambling this are some reasons i think we shouldnt legalize gambling you dont want to lose everything for a stupid reason .

  • Gambling could take your family away from you.

    A lot of people who gamble do not spend much time - if any time- with their family. There a no windows or clocks in casinos. People will stay at the casino for hours, even over night, before they exit the casino. That is already time lost.
    To other people, more serious things can happen. Gambling obsessively can lead to divorcement. Once you get divorced, you will not be able to find a family, for the same problem may occur.
    Some people can go even more extreme. They may get the idea to commit suicide if they keep losing their money, but cannot stop themselves from gambling. When I was a little younger, I saw on the news that a man obsessed with gambling killed not only himself, but he drowned his kids in the bath and shot his wife. After hearing this, I was wondering why the law still existed.
    And although no everyone who gambles is obsessed, the people who are obsessed will be putting other people in danger.

  • NO (to an extent)

    I am writing an informative essay on the effect of gambling in many different societies. I have found some of my research rather shocking. Gambling is the source of problem gamblers, these gamblers feed off of society for benefits that they soon lose again. Problem gamblers effect their families mentally, physically, and can plunge them into debt. I'm not saying all gambling is bad, it is a fun recreational activity I enjoy participating in. I just believe that there should be some restrictions.

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Anonymous says2013-04-14T20:21:45.753
Legal or Illegal Gambling
Yes, I feel that gambling should be legalized, and taxed because it would eliminate illegal gambling. If something is deemed illegal, we know that someone somewhere is going to find a way to do it anyway. Legalize gambling, and the entire illegal gambling taking place will stop, and that is another avenue for the government to earn some money. Tax it at a higher rate, if need be. In addition, I feel that Gambling should be legalized and taxed since it is a valid form of entertainment.
There is nothing inherently evil about gambling. Gambling is a valid form of entertainment. If people want to spend their own money to have fun by gambling, they should be allowed to do so. Gambling should be taxed since it is an effective way of regulating the gambling industry and an effective way of raising revenue for important government projects such as education, and the police department that need support to lower crime in our city’s. WWW.Debate.Org.
Will making gambling illegal decrease the number of problem gamblers no, it would not because it should be legal, and nobody has the right to tell another person what they can or cannot do with his or her money. It is my money and if I want to put it on a card game, or throw it into the sea, “that is my choice. I do not need the government to micromanage my money. Those who oppose gambling, guess what: you do not have to gamble. Wow, what a concept. Do not forcefully impose your morals on others.

In conclusion:
Legalization of gambling could help governments balance their budgets in these tough economic times. Many state governments are having severe budget problems this year due to lower tax revenues and the poor economy. This has led to government workers being laid off from their jobs, a reduction in resources offered to citizens such as libraries and police protection, and a number of other socially undesirable problems. By legalizing gambling, governments would be able to quickly increase their revenue without having to raise taxes on everyone. Only those who choose to participate in gambling activities will have to be involved (directly or indirectly) in paying these taxes. Our government taxes things like cigarettes and alcohol, why not tax another "vice." In fact, many states conduct their own gambling through lotteries, so why shouldn't gambling be legal. In addition, if it is legal, why not tax it. So yes the economic does benefits the out weight in the social costs.
“Legal or not, gambling is taking place, so we might as well have it legal”.

Robert Torres
Drug Counselor