Much of his point of view comes from his understanding of his own addiction, but I do not think he was seeing the whole picture. For him to stand against casinos as predators would be the equivalent of his support for returning to prohibition and barring up all liquor stores and bars in the country. Certainly compulsive gambling is a serious issue and so is alcoholism, but these conditions are not something that affects most people. Though they can be serious affects they only affect a minority. The answer to this problem is not to take gambling and booze away from the general public, but to make sure the people that struggle with these problematic patterns of behavior have all the help and guidance they need to get them back on their feet.
I think it would be helpful if people would stop treating people struggling with compulsive gambling disorders as victims. It is not fair to them and it really is not helping anyone at all. I had a dinner with an old friend not too long ago. Her father was in town. He is very good man that has made it no secret that he has battled a drinking problem for much of his life. We got to talking about slot machines and casinos and he was firmly against them. He considered them predatory and was disgusted by the fact that theses venues were making millions upon millions of dollars by taking advantage of peoples weaknesses. I had to disagree with his point of view, even though I understood it.