So they got ’em all?

The San Antonio Police Department got all the armed robbers, rapists and murderers off the street? I guess they did, if they have an entire unit to devote to the enforcement of malum prohibitum laws like the gambling laws:

Authorities busted an eight-liner gambling operation late Wednesday at a home on the far Northwest Side….

Detectives were seeking charges against the resident of the home for possession and operation of the illegal devices. They could not immediately provide estimates on how often these types of busts are made.

Yeah, yeah, I know. Not enforcing laws isn’t good for the rule of law and sets a very bad example. But why do we have these kinds of laws in the first place? Hell, these are even worse than the drug laws. As arguable as it might be that people partaking of illegal substances harms society as a whole, I really don’t think the same could be said of them gambling. All they’re doing is playing games, and some elements of society don’t like that so here we are. And nobody says anything about it. Why is that?


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3 Responses to “So they got ’em all?”

  1. Sabra Morse Onstott Says:

    You are charmingly naive sometimes. Laws against gambling in Texas exist for a simple reason: the government dislikes the competition. (Especially with the newer, more expensive scratch-offs; betcha the 8-liners are still $1/play.) Add in how the argument in favor of legalizing it this last Lege session was “Retama Park needs the money!” and this law is not likely to change any time soon.

    • southtexaspistolero Says:

      Laws against gambling in Texas exist for a simple reason: the government dislikes the competition.

      Heh. Well, you know I told you this earlier, but for the edification for everyone else: I kinda figured that was a big part of this.

      And you know I am in favor of legalized gambling, but that’s honestly just on general principle; even if the folks working Retama Park were all millionaires I’d still support it. Just as I’d support the right to keep and bear arms even if the evidence showed that guns contributed to crime.

  2. BobG Says:

    If people had to pay taxes on their winnings, I’m certain the state would let them gamble legally.

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