VIDEO: Casino opponents smash slot machine outside Capitol

Jon Campbell , Poughkeepsie Journal, 10/15/2013

One by one, members of the Institute for American Values, a think tank, and the Coalition Against Gambling in New York took their whacks, smashing the glass cover of an operational "Lucky 7s" machine as the ornate Capitol building stood as a backdrop. The event was inspired by iconic 1934 footage of then-New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia smashing a slot machine. La Guardia was a critic of slots and gambling. "Cheating people in order to get money for the government, particularly when the people getting cheated are vulnerable people – lower-wage workers, retirees, people who can least afford it – Mayor La Guardia knew that it was a bad way to raise money for the government," said David Blankenhorn, president of the think tank.

Subjects: Gambling, Casinos, New York, Slot Machines


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