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Re: Detectives on the trail of fossil looters (retry)
> In that sense, it's like gambling: people are going to gamble,
> the assumption is, no matter what. The successful counter argument
> has been that if people are going to gamble anyway, then the
> State might as well regulate it to assure the game is honest
> and get money to fund State functions that do people some good.
My problem with this is that there are an awful lot of legalistically-minded
folks out there. If gambling is illegal, they won't disobey the law by
gambling; but if gambling is legal, they will gamble. Because of this,
government approval and legalization of gambling (or of collecting and selling
fossils) will surely lead to a higher number of people gambling or collecting
fossils for profit.
Department of Linguistics
University of Michigan