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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.