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article imageFormer representative speaks out against online casino ban

By Nicole Weddington     Mar 12, 2014 in Business
A former Ohio Rep. argues an online gambling ban is "wrong" for America and has called for legalization and regulation of the industry.
With the steady increase in USA online casinos lawmakers in the U.S. are looking to ban its existence to help curb yet another avenue for what so many feel hurts our society. However, in an article recently released in The Hill, Former Representative Michael Oxley of Ohio urges that such a ban will introduce more problems.
Gambling is a controversial issue, whether in actual casinos, through lotteries, or played online. Proponents of gambling highlight the benefits from the revenue generated from such activities and that these funds help keep vital systems in our society running smoothly.
For example, many states use lottery ticket sales and profits to fund education, keep state roads in top notch condition, and other various necessities working. Another example is the vast improvements seen on Indian Reservations with the introduction of casinos on those lands, helping improve their way of life and increase income.
He argues that online gaming spans the world. Many gaming sites are run overseas on the black market. If online gaming within our borders is banned, this would inevitably push gamers to use these black market sites that operate outside the U.S. government’s radar and may be of more harm to gamers. Black market sites can be [url=http://ri.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0SO8w8IiSBTCzwAIntXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE0NzZpYmp1BHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMTgEY29sbwNncTEEdnRpZANWSVAzNjlfMQ--/RV=1/RE=1394727560/RO=10/RU=http%3a%2f%2fwww.ice.gov%2fdoclib%2fnews%2flibrary%2freports%2fcornerstone%2fcornerstone9-1.pdf/R t=_blank]dangerous. Those sites have no regulations to run by, no authority, and could lead to some serious financial trouble for gamers.
Oxley, a former member of the FBI, states that he has seen what bans do in gaming. It only serves as a challenge or invite to find other sources for gaming. He emphasizes that black market gambling usually operates under organizations running criminal activities, which is not something that we want U.S. citizens unknowingly partaking in.
His argument is that a ban will not stop Americans from online gaming. Americans will participate in gambling, buying lottery tickets and online gaming anyway. There are millions of people who participate in online gaming, and a ban is not going to stop them. It will leave them unprotected. Oxley warns that, “a ban would roll back the only consumer protections that currently exist.”
What he is concerned about is the effect a ban would have on our citizens. Since gamers are going to play regardless of rules or laws, his argument is to allow online gaming within our borders, in a way that can be regulated, preventing some from playing the black market.
Oxley’s point is this: absence of a ban does not guarantee that players will not venture virtually across the ocean to find new playgrounds; however, if online gaming is allowed here, more will play under the auspices of our regulations, and hopefully will avoid entanglements with questionable organizations overseas.
Online gaming or the Internet certainly cannot be removed from our society or our families. However, the U.S. government can take steps to move their focus from the controversy of gaming and more on protecting families, consumers, and businesses from entities who seek to harm. Gaming will always be there, it just needs to be carefully regulated.
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