Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Debate on Gambling

July 21, 2010

Opening statements

Radley Balko
Senior editor, Reason magazine

Gambling is no different from any other consensual crime. Prohibiting it does not make it go away. It merely pushes it underground where it is impossible to monitor for cheating and fraud and where the stakes are likely to be higher.

Les Bernal
Executive director, Stop Predatory Gambling

Gambling operators attempt to hide under the cloak of "personal freedom" as if the issue was about social forms of gambling like playing cards at a neighbour's house on a Friday night. The issue is really about predatory gambling and broken government.