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Review for Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

Over this past summer, I have learned a great deal about the negative impacts of gambling. During mid May I was able to see a gambling bill be passed at the Champaign City Council. This bill would allow online gambling and slot machines be made available in bars in downtown Champaign as well as campus bars. At first I did not mind that bars would allow 21 year old young adults to gamble because that is up to the individual where to spend their money but after further research I quickly changed my mind. Schull quotes on, that “slot machines [are] so effective at extracting money from people …someone who won’t stop playing until his or her means are depleted.” Since underage drinking is already very prevalent on campus, it would not be surprising if 18 year old students start gambling too at a young age and make unwise decisions to lose their money. Seeing the Champaign City Council allow slot machines in bars after a ten minute discussion, and not delaying the decision for more facts to be presented, was very surprising. Also after an argument presented by Professor John Kindt, where he showed his research based on authoritative, current, and relevant information, the council still decided to proceed with their pro-voting towards slot machines in the Champaign. Upon further investigation and learning from a business law course, I realized that this would hurt the city of Champaign as well as the learning environment as a campus community.
Based on personal experiences as well as insight into the negative impacts on gambling, I and will try and see more ways that I can help with this movement of stopping predatory gambling not only in my college campus and helping on a wider scale. There are many ways to stay active and help. For example sharing “” with friends and family, media, and representatives of the community, attend city council meetings and voice my concerns, as well as discuss what I know and share my own story. Last but not least, I can also donate towards the movement. There are many ways to stay active and for this issue I believe it is important to keep updated on news of the expansion of gambling.

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