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.
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.
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.
Gambling is bad for society as a whole and should be unlawful because of the negative impact it places on individuals and family units. Loss of needed monies for basic survival, and the influx of the criminal element that is associated with gambling is a societal issue that uses tremendous amounts of resources unnecessarily.
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.
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.
Just like alcohol, Gambling is something that a lot of people can enjoy in moderation. It should not be made illegal simply because some people can not handle it.
In addition, When you try to make it illegal, It's not going to work. People will still gamble, Just like they still drank during prohibition.
And this is coming from someone who has no interest in gambling at all. I don't get a rush from it like some people do, So to each their own.
As long as I am spending my hard earned money, enjoying what I like and not harming anyone else, its nobody's business to tell me otherwise. The money that I am spending is going back to society and I am not hoarding it all up. I dont gamble, but if somebody does and it makes him active in life gives him a purpose to get up from his bed and do something and not harm anybody then whats the problem
Gambling, is also betting, and would you think betting is gambling? Well, how many times have you or anyone you know hav gambled in your life? Many. Plus the hpgmabler has a desicion to play and gamble or not, it’s THEIR choice. How many people have been happy over gambling? MILLIONS! They believe it fun and exciting.
If the gambling be legalized in a control manner in India, billions of rupees of black money involved in the illegal gambling activity can be made available to the legal economy. The Indian economy is already losing this precious revenue whether betting is legalized or not. Alongwith with this, there should be a well enabled law which can protect right of people for carrying out it safely.
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Gambling can be dangerous to some but if we limit how much money one person can spend then there will be no problem. Gambling is a fun activity for some, spending little money and on the odd occasion winning more than you spent. So don't take away their fun and lit instead of banning.
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You get some easy cash money from valve when you get those .04c skins, and then you can choose to bet on pro matches or trade up to get even more valuable skins. The money you get from csgo isnt harmful at all, if anything you lose money you got for free in most cases people put money on for the thrill, not because their addicted
It cannot be reasonably argued that gambling is, in itself, immoral or harmful. Even the Catholic church (a huge opponent of gambling freedom) declares this in the CCC part '2413' - “Games of Chance … or wagers are not in themselves contrary to justice.”. As long as a person fully consents to partaking in gambling, and is not causing harm to others by doing so, then s/he should be entirely free to do. “…the anti-gambling approach cannot be ethically justified, as its application substantially infringes upon fundamental individual rights and civil liberties, and allows for the use of excessive authority of society over the individual” (Shani, A. 2015) ). Problems with gambling can arise out of it's abuse, just as with anything else. The fact that something, which when consumed correctly is entirely morally acceptable, can be abused is not a valid reason for total or even strict prohibition(s). If this were the case, the list of goods/services that could be fairly made unlawful would be almost endless. e.g. food (even healthy foods).
Gambling is not physically addictive and so the addiction to gambling is not the fault of gambling but instead the fault of the psychological condition of the addict, and to an extent the fault of society or those around him/her for not properly educating him/her of the dangers of it's abuse. See interviews with addiction expert Gaber Maté for further explanation of this idea.
My point is that gambling itself is not immoral by any measure. Abuse of gambling, as with anything else, immoral and leads to immoral and generally bad behaviour. The latter of these two facts is not a legitimate or lawful reason to diminish the liberty of a validly consenting individual.
People are far better of gambling than horse racing or dog fighting, these are sports that can end with animal and people harmed. Think about other hobbies such as shopping, compulsive shopping has become a major issue in today's society. Many people have bought unnecessary items and as a result ended up in debt. In gambling you know you can lose money but at least you get some back, in shopping you only lose it.
Where do we stop? Tombola, Bingo, The Lottery and Raffles, these are all examples of gambling.