Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Gambling = Crime?

Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos, who arrested grandmothers and great-grandmothers at an 8-liner club last week, tells Channel 4 why gambling is so bad:

"We know that anytime you have gambling, it attracts large amounts of money. When you have large amounts of money, you attract an element that wants to control these activities. So you get into organized crime, you get into other types of offenses," says Villalobos. (emphasis added)
So according to the DA:
gambling = a lot of money = criminal organizations = more crime

If that's the case, the district attorney has his work cut out for him. After all, there's an organization in the Rio Grande Valley operating a gambling facility in plain view.

In fact, other groups also conduct wagering activities to gain income.

Worst of all, there's a statewide gambling operation taking place under the very noses of our elected officials in Austin.

Remember, according to the Cameron County DA, "anytime you have gambling" it means more crime.


Blogger JB said...

Okay you baited me. Your reasoning doesn't follow. In fact, it's down right thin. The public official's comments does not necesitate your formula. Rather, the official's statement could easily mean that gambling brings about other criminal elements. The obvious inference.

As for grandma getting arrested, she knew her crime as much as she would if she openly sped down a lonely interstate or failed to pay for her Rotary dues. She attracted that attention herself. She knowingly went into a facility deemed illegal with others who averted their eyes from the law. It's a shame anyone (esp. grandma) had to be arrested, but their lobbying for legalized gambling came in the form of their arrest rather than letters to their congressman.

Perhaps grandma is addicted to gambling as she could be to tobacco or alcohol. Oh, wait, we wouldn't want to regulate those activities either.

3:54 PM  
Blogger pugsley dibrute said...

Its a known fact that organized crime is behind the casinos down here in Brownsville. A strange asian owns them , or is behind most if not all of the operations. Many politicians are behind these casinos as well. Judges and jp's, college trustees, among them ,I won;t mention them by name "right now". They know who they are! I agree that these misdemeanors are just that MISDEMEANORS. I hope that the DA will show the same gusto going after major drug dealers like "Ewok", from brownsville , aka : E.Hinojosa. But I feel it won't happen, as Ewok has "friends" in high places (hint ,hint ) at the Brownsville police and with US customs. Therein lies the TRUE problem .

7:14 AM  

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