Oh, so we have the consent of all governed by the rules here? Interesting...
So where do I form my own community where poker games are allowed? Oh wait...can't. Shucks.
You're justifying totalitarianism...so long as the majority agrees to it (edit: Oh, you're right: UTAH!). I bet the interned Japanese-Americans in Utah had a harsher opinion.
I think we're simply arguing over the proper sized political unit that should be empowered to set rules on such things as gambling, alcohol, etc. It turns out, the under the federal constitution, it is the State that is empowered to make those decisions. We have 50 States. In some of those States, some such decisions are actually left to the counties or maybe even cities. Utah could do that. I expect that SLC or SLCo would end up with laws leaning more liberal than they currently do, while Utah and Davis counties and most of the rest of the State might well end up with far more restrictive laws on alcohol. I guess if you want to gamble or have easier access to alcohol and happen to live in SLCo, you'd really like to see Utah let counties or cities make the decisions on these matters. If you happen to live in Provo or Escalante and enjoy a cold one, you are probably glad that Utah doesn't let individual cities or counties control alcohol.
So the answer is, if you want to live in a community where gambling is legal you can simply move to any other State in the union except Hawaii. If you'd like to live where prostitution is legal, you'll have to pick one of a few counties in Nevada. Medical or even recreational marijuana? California or Nevada, among a few others.
suggesting a 'love it or leave it" kind of attitude. But in my life I lived in 7 different States from East coast to West, New England to Southern, Midwest and Rocky Mountain, and visited a whole lot more. It is a very big, beautiful, diverse nation. Even as much as I think over-reaching by the federal government has diminished too much cultural and social diversity among the States, there are still notable and significant differences. There are places where almost any person should be able to find a dominant culture that suits his tastes mostly. If legal gambling is a big deal to anyone, there are 48 States plus the DC that are open to US citizens without any need for a passport or immigration paperwork. There are two States, and only two, that reflect a culture that doesn't care for legalized gambling. And as luck would have it, one of those sits right next door to the original big gambling casino State so road trips are quite short.
Please try to be respectful of those who differ with you on this issue. Legalized gambling imposes externalities on the community. The majority of residents/citizens in the community/State that is Utah, simply doesn't care to bear the costs of those externalities. You're free to travel to any other State as often as you like. You can move if you'd like. You can even freely make your case to your legislators and fellow citizens to try to change local culture and laws. But if you fail to win us over to your way of thinking on this, please don't accuse us of ill motives. We simply disagree.
And under both federal and State constitutions as well as long history of case law, gambling (like alcohol, cigs, and other recreational drugs, prostitution, age of consent, etc, etc, etc) are matters left up to majority control. They are not comparable to enumerated rights like RKBA.
And for the record, it was NOT Utah that imprisoned citizens of Japanese ancestry. That was the federal government under order from FDR. And so far as I know, it had little effect on the few Japanese-Americans actually living in Utah. My high school history teacher told us that even as buses full of detainees rolled through St. George on their way to Topaz from California, the one Japanese family in our home town of St. George were not bothered in any way either by the government nor locals. There weren't many militarily strategic installations in Utah and the number of Japanese here was so small as to not raise major concerns. The lack of major military installations and the distance to anywhere deemed important was the reason the feds chose the Utah desert as the location for one of the internment camps. While the internments were a violation of the rights of citizens and based largely on bigotry, there is the little known Niihau Incident
in Hawaii in the days follow the attack on Pearl Harbor that added fuel to the racial fires and called into question the loyalties of US Citizens of Japanese ancestry. The number of detainees who went on to nobly serve this, their nation, during the war is testament to their loyalty. But to compare gambling (or alcohol, smoking, prostitution, or other such social/moral) laws to the Japanese internment is really over the top.
If you cannot discuss/debate the issue with less emotion and passion than that, it may be best to avoid discussing it among RKBA allies at all, lest you damage relationships that may be needed tomorrow to protect and advance RKBA or other areas of common agreement.