The Impact Of Gambling On The United States

1650 Words Feb 1st, 2016 7 Pages
Toulmin Argument Research Paper
The concept of gambling has been around since the 1600’s when the original thirteen colonies had their own individual lotteries where people viewed gambling as a “civic responsibility” to play. These lotteries helped establish multiple universities such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and William and Mary. Gambling has been legal and then banned several times in three different eras; the first era in the 1600’s to mid-1800’s, the second in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s, and finally the mid 1900’s to present day where some types of gambling remain legal. Throughout multiple decades, people have constantly bickered back and forth stating their opinions on what defines gambling, and if it should be illegal or legal. More importantly, all types of gambling should be legalized in the United States since multiple types of gambling already exist and are considered legal, it’s improper to permit some and leave others out. Moreover, gambling stimulates the economy by bringing tourism to the area and creating jobs for those in need of one, as well as, making revenue from taxes, benefiting the state and local government.
The true definition of gambling has been quarreled upon for multiple generations. People question what genuinely defines the act of gambling, some believe that any gesture where a person stakes money for the chance of winning more money is gambling. While this accurately fits the definition, it’s not necessarily true. The United…
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