Gambling experts are in Arlington, Texas, are hoping to gain the
attention of a member of Congress and his constituents. The purpose
is to call a halt to Internet gambling.
State and national leaders in the fight against gambling are
holding the conference in Arlington, which is located in the 6th
Congressional district of Republican Joe Barton, a chief sponsor of
a bill to expand Internet gambling.
Les Bernal of Stop Predatory Gambling tells OneNewsNow the
danger of the bill.
"That would essentially open up an online casino in every home,
office, dorm room and smart phone in the country, and we're going
down there to ask him [Barton] to withdraw his support for this
issue," he explains.
"The federal government should not be plunging into the Internet
gambling business, and they shouldn't be forcing Internet gambling
on states like Texas and any other state."
Bernal believes the government instead should be "promoting real
prosperity and real hope" and not something that destroys families.
Bernal tells OneNewsNow gambling interests are spending millions to
promote the bill's passage. He also indicates that Internet
gambling is aimed at attracting young people more than older
"Young people are on the Internet, and so they want to be where
younger people are and they want to essentially target young people
as part of their business model," he remarks.
Bernal is hopeful the conference will educate people in Texas
and nationwide of the dangers of the bill and convince Barton to
withdraw his support.