|From Dakota Chips|
|Gaming Revenues from Native American Gaming (Schaap)|
|Taken from Robert Croak|
On another hand, a gambler knows his or her limits when they enter a casino making themselves fully responsible for their actions. Calvert says, “[The] median age of casino players is similar to that of the U.S. population (about 48 years), they have more schooling- they are more likely to have done some college and more likely to also have graduated from college” (Calvert). A gambler with an education will be more likely to know when to pull away and be able to realize when it’s not their night. The fact that gambling does not renounce responsibility proves that there is no definite evidence of losing control of one’s actions while gambling so it should be legalized. A good way to put it in perspective is this: “Alcoholism is best addressed on a voluntary basis rather than through prohibition. Likewise, the best recourse for compulsive gamblers would appear to be counseling and abstinence, not government intervention to prohibit or otherwise limit gambling” (Calvert 4). The government does not forbid adults from going to bars if there are alcoholics wanting to drink at them. Therefore, the government should not penalize U.S. adults from going to casinos because there a rare number of pathological gamblers. They need to make it fair to all people instead of banning everyone from gambling.
|Taken from Disease Symptoms Treatment|
Gambling hot spots, such as casinos and race tracks, have provided many opportunities and profits to the communities around them. One source states, “By a margin of three to one, community leaders [mayors, councilmen, etc.] are more likely to say that casinos have done more to help rather than hurt other businesses in the community” (Fahrenkopf). If a leader in the community agrees that a casino will provide good to the community, the outcome of the insertion of the casino must be beneficial to the surroundings of the casino itself. An elected leader in a community is trusted and knows what is best for the city or county they represent. Talking about the general welfare of employees, the author writes, “Research shows that casino employee’s lives are approved under employment in casinos” (Fahrenkopf). The lives of men and women are greatly impacted in a positive manner by the input of casinos in their communities. Multiple studies have been conducted on the grounds of whether casinos are economically beneficial. In three regions studied, it was proven that casinos pay above state averages and employ many more minorities and women than other companies in the US. Community members should begin to realize that casinos have more pros than cons.
Legalized gambling will be beneficial to communities because it is such an economy booster, while it also provides men and women with the freedom they deserve. The introduction of a casino to a community has been proven to boost the economy while providing jobs and opportunities for people. The same goes for members of Native American tribes when they open their own Indian Gaming casinos. Several of the false insinuations of gambling have never been proven true, which shows that crime rates have no correlation to a casino being placed in a town. Gambling serves as a form of entertainment for adults, which is no different than spending money at any other place that serves as the same purpose. Since this is true, the government should have no right restricting adults from wanting to have fun gambling at a casino. The fact that casinos provide jobs and revenue for this country is only one of the numerous reasons the U.S. should consider legalizing gambling.
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