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Originally posted by bigbert81
Does anyone else have any opinions on this matter?
Organized crime is as old as crime itself. Today, as in the past, gangs are one of the most visible forms of organized crime. The mob associated with Las Vegas grew out of the “Great Migration” through Ellis Island between 1880 and 1924. Southern and eastern Europeans—Italians and Slavic Jews—moved mostly into eastern cities, but also inland to Midwestern cities and occasionally to the West.
These immigrants and their next generation faced the same problem previous and future immigrants faced. Discrimination often deprived them of respectable, well-paying jobs. So, they could choose between low-paying jobs that few wanted and high-paying jobs that few wanted. Accordingly, some turned to illegal activities: gambling, white slavery (prostitution), protection, and, during Prohibition (1920-1933), bootlegging.
Originally posted by mentalempire
reply to post by bigbert81
What YOU'RE failing to understand is that laws ARE actually an encouragement to better behavior. Why do you think just about EVERYONE wears seatbelts these days?
Why do people think it's o.k. to force their moralities/beliefs on other people?