Fight against Internet gambling rallies in Texas

Thursday, October 4, 2012
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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 people.

"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.

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