Bill O'Reilly: Mark My Words, Street Crime in NY Will Go Up If Bill Passes to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Pot
As New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposes the ban of sugary drinks, there’s a different kind of push underway in New York – one to decriminalize public possession of marijuana in small quantities. Bill O’Reilly joined Fox and Friends to talk about the two initiatives.
He commented first on Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces, saying that while he’s a “big personal freedom guy,” he does understand that obesity has become an epidemic in this country. The American taxpayer has to pay for an exorbitant amount of medical procedures “most of which are driven by bad diet,” according to O’Reilly.
O’Reilly believes that the push to decriminalize marijuana is a more important story, saying, “This is about racism. This is a racial story, not a drug story.” O’Reilly attributes the city’s stop-and-frisk policy with a drastic reduction in crime. He said, “The cops know who the wiseguys are, who the dealers are, who the punks are, and they know who the muggers are, and they try to get these guys on anything. It’s like getting Al Capone on tax evasion instead of murder. So, they know these guys carry pot and other drugs, so they stop, and they frisk, and they find them and they send them into the system.”
He explained the crux of the issue, saying, “The left hates that, hates it, because it is racial profiling, but it’s really criminal profiling.”
O’Reilly cautioned that if the bill passes, crime will rise. He concluded, “Mark my words, street crime in New York will go up.”