The president of the Fraternal Order of Police in Virginia has come out against a possible federal ban on online gambling by expressing his views in a Letter to the Editor of his local newspaper.
Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch just a few days ago, Kevin Carroll took offense to the bills proposed in March by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz. The Graham/Chaffetz measure seeks to overturn the 2011 DoJ ruling that found only sports betting to be unlawful under the 1961 Wire Act and allowed states to move forward with online gambling legislation.
Entitled the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, the Graham/Chaffetz proposal was introduced at the behest of Sheldon Adelson, the multi-billionaire casino owner on a mission to keep U.S. citizens from legally playing poker and gambling over the Internet. Carroll’s letter blasts that effort as being “ill-advised” and one that would force Americans to gamble “in unregulated, overseas black markets where there are no consumer protections” as well as denying a source of revenue that benefits law enforcement and education.
Adelson argument disputed by law enforcement
Adelson and his Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling have repeatedly asserted that legalized online gaming sites would permit criminals a new avenue to launder money. Carroll provides a solid rebuttal to that rubbish of an argument through a wealth of experience in fighting crime.
As a law enforcement officer, I am faced with crime and criminals every day,” Carroll stated. “We need to do everything we can to shut unregulated sites, not give them more opportunities to thrive. Taking online gaming away from the states will do just that.”
Carroll acknowledges that throughout the great history of the United States, the “federal government had a strong role to play,” but also rightly points out that “so too did each state.” As a Virginian, the FOP president is extremely proud of his home state and its ability to govern itself, adding that “there is no stronger example of a highly functioning, model state than the Old Dominion.”
Let each state decide
Duplicating the sentiment of those in favor of online poker and gambling legislation, which includes the recent addition of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Georgia Lottery, Carroll urges in his letter that individual states be allowed to decide whether or not igaming will be suited for each.
Virginia has an exemplary record of running its lottery.” Carroll argues. “It is regulated in a strict fashion that ensures only those who are legally eligible can play. So does Congress think it knows better about what is good for our state?”