When Gambling Becomes More Than Entertainment - Lessons for the Proposed Elk Grove Wilton Rancheria Casino



June 4, 2017 |

During the City of Elk Grove's compressed time period where the public had their limited chance to comment on the proposed $400 million Wilton Rancheria casino resort. numerous concerns were expressed. 

Some of those concerns included more traffic congestion, increased crime, and the role casino might have in the region's already well documented reputation as a hub of human trafficking, One other concerns also voiced by numerous Elk Grove residents is the addictive nature of gambling.

As with other addictions like alcoholism,  gambling has been well documented. Like substance abuse, gambling addiction has a legacy of broken lives and families.

A stark reminder of how destructive a gambling addiction can be was put on display for the whole world to see with last week's casino tragedy in Manila. That tragedy killed over 30 people at a casino at the hands of a person described as a gambling addict.

According to the Associated Press, the perpetrator of the shooting and fire that killed 37 was a heavily indebted gambling addict. The killer, Jessie Carlos, was a father of three and a former government worker who had gambling debts of $80,000, which by Filipino standards, is extremely high.

While this case in not indicative of any such incident that have happened at an American casino, it is demonstrative of a worse case scenario. This is an extreme example of the corrosive effects gambling and gambling addictions can have not only on the family of the addict, but far more deadly consequences for innocent bystanders. 

So when you hear an Elk Grove City Council member, City of Elk Grove officials, or some other casino proponent characterize gambling as just another form of entertainment, keep this incident in mind.   

 




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5 comments

Patrick Roche said...

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, In there were 475 work related homicides in 2012. That’s more than were killed by fires and explosions, getting caught in equipment or machinery, and exposure to harmful substances combined. So, then you hear people talking about getting a job or going to work, keep these numbers in mind. Having job can be very dangerous!

Patrick Roche said...

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 475 people were killed in work related homicides in 2012. That’s more than were killed by fires and explosions, getting caught in equipment or machinery, and exposure to harmful substances combined. So when you hear people talking about getting a job or going to work, keep these numbers in mind. Getting job can be extremely dangerous!

Alan H said...

OMG... when are these factless, fear based "Chicken Little" ** responses going to end.
NO ONE has come up with statistics ON PAPER from verified sources around the claims about crime, traffic, closeness to schools at Indian Casinos.
The benefits ON PAPER RECORD far outweigh the the outrageous claims.

** Chicken Little is a children's story book about Chicken Little who was walking through the woods and an acorn fell from a tree and hit Chicken Little on the head. He went into a panic and ran to town screaming "the sky is falling, the sky is falling and got the town in an uproar"
Sounds like the opponents of the casino project. The Casino is Coming, The Casino is Coming

Steve Barnett said...

OMG - this has to be some of the worst "journalism" I have seen this year (and I only use the word journalism because this site considers it a site of journalism. I assume the author doesn't undertake a number of other dangerous activities such as:

- Flying in a plane (it could crash!),
- Getting in a car (you could get in an accident),
- Eating meat with bones on them (you might choke!)
- Meeting people in public (a criminal might meet you and kill you),
- Sending your kids to school (with all the shooting rampages at schools, you can't be too careful).

Sorry, I am having a lot of trouble not using 4-letter words to describe the absurdity of piece, so I will stop now. Please stay under your rock of ignorance.

Mj said...

Wow... the most fact-less, over-generalizing article I have ever read. "People are addicted to gambling so they shouldn't put casinos in"??? So by that logic, there should be no breweries, no bars, no fast food, no ice cream shops, or no shopping malls for that matter. And where are these claims of human trafficking in Elk Grove? Scare tactics. Not saying it will be no incidents... but to over generalize like this is baseless and poor journalism. Not to mention unethical... but hey, as long as the masses don't research for themselves I guess it would work. #THINK

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