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The Gambling Age Should be Lowered

In Youth Rights on January 30, 2013 by edwinforyouthrights Tagged:

Typed by Edwin Bonilla

I’m tired of hearing commercials on the radio which say “must be 21 to play”.The United States’ obsession with using 21 as a minimum age is ridiculous. That is a big reason why there is so much age discrimination in this country. The gambling age should be lowered to 18 or 19. If a person were to recommend a gambling age of 18, then the other person might say that age 18 shouldn’t be used a minimum age on how to learn gambling. However, if an extra year is added, then that should solve that concern. Young women and young men who are 18-20 are old enough to play the slot machines like older people are. People who are 18-20 years old are mature enough to play against casino dealers. In addition, there should be laws which would prohibit casinos from giving free alcoholic beverages to entice people to keep playing at the table. I think some casinos use the drinking age to justify the gambling age. However, those laws would put justification alone on the gambling age. In addition, the drinking age should be lowered to 18.

Gambling is not innocent but young women and young men who are 18 to 20 years old are old enough to gamble so they should be allowed to gamble. When I visited Atlantic City in 2012, there many notices against problem gambling but that doesn’t mean that gambling will suck in young women and young men. As a compromise, it would be alright to limit the gambling amount for playing against dealers at a casino to $1,000. This way, a young woman or a young man wouldn’t get too carried away with her or his money. This would not be the usual case. To think that most people who are 18-20 would want to spend all of their money in gambling is an ageist attitude. Quebec province has a gambling age of 18 and it works. Some Native American casinos in Wisconsin have a gambling age of 19 and it works as well. Using the illogical minimum age of 21 for gambling doesn’t carry sense beyond the justification for ageism. Supporting a gambling age of 18 or 19 is correct public policy because people who are 18-20 should be treated as more mature than what too many people believe.

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