Will Charity Poker Runs Have to Fold?
By Fast Fred
The attorney generals of both Texas and South Carolina have ruled that poker runs are illegal. At least two charity events have been impacted. A popular boating poker run on the Beaufort River was cancelled as a direct result of the S. C. Attorney General’s Office declaring it an illegal lottery. A Blue Knights’ poker run in Texas was more recently negatively impacted by a similar ruling by that state’s Attorney General.
Apparently it is only a matter of time till this trend may affect a poker run in your area or possibly your organization. Some bikers who promote poker runs are expressing frustration with comments such as “I don't understand we can’t do poker runs to help people while having fun and enjoying fellowship. After all poker runs help needy people with hospital bills, little children with cancer, burn victims, women centers, and more with cash donations.” Sadly many folks will do nothing more than complain from a barstool.
I suggest a better option is to stop making excuses and join your local state ABATE. Together we can overcome this obstacle. Laws like this are exactly why those involved in charity need to get active in the rights movement. You can no longer say "It doesn't affect me or my group." Consider this your wake up call, lift up your head and look around. A tiny few have stood valiantly in the breech between freedom and the government’s objective of total control of our lives for too long.
“It starts when you're always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away
We better stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down”
~ Stephen Stills
Strike while the iron is hot; mobilize the troops and spread the word to every charity minded biker you know. If you support charity poker runs consider supporting ABATE so you can continue to participate in future charity poker runs. Don’t just sit on your barstool crying in your beer; rally with your brothers and sisters and take action at the state house.
Not all laws will affect every one of us to the same extent, but they all effect us to some extent as you can clearly see from this example. It is time to put aside any differences and unite. Gather the tribes into an army to be reckoned with because there are many more of us than they realize. We can toss out the stupid laws and the politicians that wrote them. Bikers are the last hope for America. You can stay alert to this and other pressing issues that impact your biker lifestyle at fastfreds.com/bikernews.html.
Have I done all that I can? Hell no but I am still trying; won’t you join me in this quest?