One of the biggest problems with Proposition A is that it removes the enforcement mechanism necessary for enforcing Missouri’s self-ban list. With no enforcement mechanism in place, gamblers who lack the control to stay away from casinos will be able to simply walk right on to the casino floor. The results of problem and pathological gambling are tragic and can lead numerous problems and Missouri was the first state to implement a self-ban, known as the Disassociated Persons List. A new study published in the September issue of Psychology and Aging, published by the American Psychological Association. has examined why people placed themselves on Missouri’s self-ban lists and the results are shocking:
Researchers Lia Nower, JD, PhD, of the Rutgers University Center for Gambling Studies, and Alex Blaszczynski, Ph.D. of the University of Sydney, Australia, looked at 1,601 self-described problem gamblers who asked between 2001 and 2003 to be banned from Missouri casinos. The results of their study were published in the September issue of Psychology and Aging, published by the American Psychological Association.
Older adults – over age 55 in this study — reported gambling an average of 17 years before “self-exclusion” – more than twice the length of time reported by younger adults. All participants were asked to cite the main reason or reasons why they sought to be barred from casinos. Younger, middle-aged and older adults all gave as the primary reasons gaining control, needing help and hitting rock bottom. However, nearly 14 percent of older adults surveyed – a higher proportion than any other group – indicated they sought help because they wanted to prevent themselves from committing suicide.
Prop A is DANGEROUS for Missourians as it will clearly open the door for problem and pathological gamblers to simply walk into the casino and by their own admission, this could lead to Missourians losing their lives to suicide.