I’ve been reading a lot about the history and legality of gambling recently and it got me wondering about why it was even made legal in the first place. Considering the risks involved with gambling, such as addiction and financial ruin, it seems strange that governments would decide to allow such activities. Could it be that they didn’t see such negative repercussions initially, or was it more about the potential financial benefits from taxation?
I’m aware that countries each have their own specific laws and histories related to gambling, so it’s likely not a one-size-fits-all answer, but general insights into why countries chose to legalize gambling would be appreciated. For instance, what were the justifications that lawmakers used to legalize gambling and how did public sentiment influence these decisions? Were these judgments influenced by a need to regulate an already prevalent but illicit activity, or was it based purely on financial benefits? Do any of these justifications still hold true today, or have the reasons for keeping gambling legal changed over time? These are the kinds of questions I’ve been puzzling over, so any information or insights you could share would be really interesting.