“I don’t have any moral issue with gambling. I wish Texas would legalize it, but that’s just my personal opinion. We have horse racing, we have the lottery, we have bingo. Let’s organize it, legalize it, get tax revenue off it, so on and so forth. But at this juncture, that’s not the case. The bottom line is it’s against the law. There’s not anything I can do about that. There’s a ton of laws that are on the books that I don’t agree with. But they are the law, so what am I supposed to do?”
Regardless of what he wishes the state legislature would do with regards to laws concerning these gambling ventures and the many “grey areas” they create, Mercer believes he gave all of the affected venues, including the American Legion and VFW, the best possible treatment under the circumstances. He said he regrets that the American Legion and VFW did not feel adequately warned, but punishments in other counties have been much worse than a smudge on the organizations reputation.
“I wish that the VFW and American Legion could have these as revenue generators; I don’t know why something like that can’t happen,” he said. “There’s a lot of VFWs that I’m aware of that have been involved in this in one way or another but there’s also a lot of them that I know of in a lot of different counties that have been taken down. But we didn’t go out there and try to arrest them or close them down or do any of that kind of stuff. That’s the best I can do.”
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