I wasn't aware gambling was such a huge rampant problem. I guess it depends where you live, poor places being more affected. Either way, I don't gamble myself, so it's not a personal issue, but I really hate it when freedom is restricted because of a minority (ex: children's parks being closed down because someone got hurt) or worse, because some people simply don't like it based on some arbitrary "moral" beliefs (ex: gay marriage, pot smoking, etc). It's oppressive.
But if the problem has reached such a scale, I imagine having some restrictions in place would be in order, like a maximum amount of money being played and such.
Puritan : Someone who is afraid that, somewhere, someone else is having a good time.
- H. L. Mencken.