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Legalized Gambling

Should gambling be legalized?

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    Votes: 8 88.9%
  • No

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Should we legalize gambling nationally, considering the pros and cons?
 

Kandahar

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It's really a state issue that's none of the federal government's business. But if you're asking if I support legalized gambling, I absolutely do. There's not really any reason for it to be illegal.
 
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Kandahar said:
It's really a state issue that's none of the federal government's business. But if you're asking if I support legalized gambling, I absolutely do. There's not really any reason for it to be illegal.
Granted it is a state issue but there's plenty of reasons for it to be illegal, namely the addictive and destructive nature of gambling. Frankly, I think it should be legalized and those who ruin themselves financially because of it should be responsible for their actions and not crawling to suck on the government teat.
 

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Gambling is cool, within moderation of course.

I used to live a mile away from a casino...but I certainly didn't abuse the place. My mom took me up there when I turned 18 (it was on an Indian reservation, that's why you only had to be 18), and we played some slots, no biggie. My friends and I would go up there every now and then, but we'd mostly just wander around and take advantage of the free soft drinks :lol:

I know there are people that have problems with gambling, but even without legalized gambling, they still have internet gambling, so I can't see using that as too legitimate of a reason to not legalize it.

Here in NC, we're finally starting a state lottery, and a lot of Baptists and such have an issue with that, but religious beliefs can't play a part in this, either, since not everyone's faith restricts them from gambling.
 

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Hey, it's not my money that'll be wasted at the craps tables. Go have a ball.

Just one thing: Don't tax me to pay for their addictions. The ideal situation is that no one is taxed and the gambler pays to fix his own mental defects. But if you tax-aholics do feel that someone besides the gambler has to pay for his treatment, stick to taxing gambling revenues.

As for the rest, gambling can't ruin a family if the gambler can't get married, right? So no one that marries a known gambler has any reason to squawk and no reason to dig into my pockets, when the gambler spends the household out into the street.

And if the family has a son or daughter that discovers gambling, it's up to them to padlock the valuables. It's not my problem if their boy steals from them.


Here's a good rule to live by: If you don't like gambling, don't gamble. That's all there is to it.
Clearly, clearly, without question, gambling should be legalized. It doesn't even have the risk of communicable disease as a strike against it.
 

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When I was a little kid I was always confused why gambling was illegal where I lived. I mean, I could go to a video arcade and put money in the machine and play a game. I lost my money no matter what happened but I had fun playing the game. Why couldn't adults go to casinos and put money in and play a game and have fun, and then have the chance of winning all their money back and more?

It just didn't make sense:confused:
 

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Mikkel said:
When I was a little kid I was always confused why gambling was illegal where I lived. I mean, I could go to a video arcade and put money in the machine and play a game. I lost my money no matter what happened but I had fun playing the game. Why couldn't adults go to casinos and put money in and play a game and have fun, and then have the chance of winning all their money back and more?

It just didn't make sense:confused:
Exactly. Legalize it.
 

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Well.......I am so against gambling, but my wife loves it, so she drags me with her on occasion. I just think it's so depressing, on the commercials, everyone is laughing, and having such a good time. In reality, everyone walks around with their heads hung low, obviously having just lost a lot of money. Then you see those people who like a drug addict, dying for their next fix, this does not seem like a lot of fun either. I always feel bad after I play, I keep telling myself, why did you blow all that money, and I get down on myself, and feel ridiculous. Then, recently I went with the wife, and I promised I would only spend twenty bucks, THAT"S IT!!! Well......4th or 5th pull on a two dollar machine, BAM, twenty thousand dollars!!! I paid about 6 grand for taxes, so I was left with about 13 thousand, it was a easy haul. Still, I figure I have had my luck, so there is no use in going back, the thrill is gone so to speak.

But if folks want to do it, it should be allowed, I can't really understand why some are allowed, and some are not. It probably won't be long until it's everywhere, it won't be a good thing IMO, but it's just that popular.
 

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Stace said:
Gambling is cool, within moderation of course.

I used to live a mile away from a casino...but I certainly didn't abuse the place. My mom took me up there when I turned 18 (it was on an Indian reservation, that's why you only had to be 18), and we played some slots, no biggie. My friends and I would go up there every now and then, but we'd mostly just wander around and take advantage of the free soft drinks :lol:

I know there are people that have problems with gambling, but even without legalized gambling, they still have internet gambling, so I can't see using that as too legitimate of a reason to not legalize it.

Here in NC, we're finally starting a state lottery, and a lot of Baptists and such have an issue with that, but religious beliefs can't play a part in this, either, since not everyone's faith restricts them from gambling.
Isn't 18 the legal age in Nevada too?
 
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Lucky for me, it's 18 on Indian reservations :lol: I got heavily into gambling over the summer and I won over a thousand dollars but then I dropped $500 one night and $300 the next so I called it quits.
 

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Lucky for me, it's 18 on Indian reservations :lol: I got heavily into gambling over the summer and I won over a thousand dollars but then I dropped $500 one night and $300 the next so I called it quits.
I go to Reno pretty often. It's closer to me and I like the small town atmosphere over the LV bang a gong. I always stay at the same place. They send me stuff for rooms and meals. I'm usually really good about setting a budget and sticking to it. This last summer I found myself at a BJ table down a few K. Dumb really dumb.
 
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