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30 Reasons to Oppose Expanded Gambling February 23, 2015 by Ivan Zabilka
Reason # 1.  If you gamble you lose money.

 

Reason # 2.  Gambling is not recreation.  Recreation restores.  Gambling depletes energy, resources, and induces guilt.

 

Reason # 3.  Gambling is addictive.  Depending upon where you live, between 1¼ % and 6 % of the residents of your state are addicted.

 

Reason # 4.  Gambling keeps bad company.  The most common associates of gambling are alcohol, prostitution and crime.

 

Reason # 5.  Gambling creates low paying jobs.  The highly touted "new" jobs replace higher paying jobs over time.

 

Reason # 6.  Gambling concentrates wealth from the many to the few.

 

Reason # 7.  The concentrated wealth is in the hands of a few who are perfectly willing to purchase influence, circumvent the law, and ignore the best interests of our society.

 

Reason # 8.  Gambling entices the young, who gamble without mature control.

 

Reason # 9.  Why should young people do the hard work of learning and working if
gambling is the way to become rich?

 

Reason # 10.  Gambling debts cause four of five embezzlements in this country.

 

Reason # 11.  Most gambling addicts have committed tax fraud, which transfers the load to those of us who are not addicted.

 

Reason # 12.  Most gamblers admit to committing credit card fraud which transfers the cost of those losses to all the rest of us who use credit cards.

 

Reason # 13.  Gambling is a major companion, if not a cause, of depression and suicide.

 

Reason # 14.  Assault, robbery, child abuse and other crimes increase when casinos move into a community.

 

Reason # 15.  Dependence upon chance undermines responsibility.

 

Reason # 16.  Money losses from gambling contribute to the disastrous divorce rate.

 

Reason # 17.  Gambling induced poverty is a drain on the rest of society.

 

Reason # 18.  Law makers see gambling revenues as easy money, which impairs their judgment.

                    

Reason # 19.  Gambling is theft with the consent of the victim, but still theft.

 

Reason # 20.  Gambling does not bring development, except at tax-payers expense.

 

Reason # 21.  Gambling depresses other segments of a local economy, especially restaurants and recreation.

 

Reason # 22.  Industry flees to places with the least gambling.

 

Reason # 23.  It is extremely difficult to keep gambling out of your community or get rid of
          it even if the majority wants to, meaning gambling is anti-democratic.

 

Reason # 24.  Gambling is against your religion (Christian, Jewish, Muslim), which means you are not taking your religion seriously if you are gambling.

 

Reason # 25.  You cannot teach your children not to gamble when you do it.

 

Reason # 26.  Gambling is an isolating activity.

 

Reason # 27.  There is a reason why gambling is so expensive to regulate; gamblers cheat.

 

Reason # 28.  Gamblers do not care about others; they are not charitable.

 

Reason # 29.  George Washington is more famous for his generalship than for his gambling.

 

Reason # 30.  Nothing of excellence has ever been produced at a slot machine.


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