crowd held a vigil yesterday
to attempt, once more, to convince government to prevent private citizens from exercising free will in wasting money as they choose:
HALIFAX — More than 150 people gathered in a Halifax church Sunday evening to remember people who have committed suicide because of their addiction to video lottery terminals.
The hour-long interfaith service was a prelude to a news conference at the provincial legislature scheduled for Monday, where family members were to talk about their experiences and call on the province to ban VLTs.
Look, I appreciate theses families' losses. But banning VLTs won't stop those who are truly determined from gambling. I can see scenarios where it might spur them to do their gambling elsewhere - Gatineau, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, Atlantic City, etc; anywhere with legal casinos or betting racetracks, or even online - but I doubt merely making it less convenient will stop hardcore problem gamblers.