O’Reilly: Criminal Justice Is About Protecting People, Not ‘Bang for the Buck’
President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder want to change the criminal code for some drug dealers, believing that the law is unfair in some cases.
Of those incarcerated in the U.S., 80 percent abuse drugs or alcohol, 50 percent of inmates are clinically addicted, and 60 percent tested positive for illegal drugs at the time of their arrest. A total of 21 percent of inmates are doing time due to nonviolent drug crimes.
This means that they did not use force during the illegal transaction, “aside from selling poison, of course,” Bill O’Reilly said.
According to O’Reilly, giving people a substance that could kill them or alter their minds so that they kill someone else is “an aggressive action.”
The crime rate has plummeted since tough mandatory drug sentencing was imposed. In 2011, violent drug felonies were down 75 percent compared to 1993 because now, O’Reilly said, many drug gang members are in prison.
O’Reilly noted that the drug world isn’t isolated; addicts steal, mug and commit other crimes, while dealers kill people for payment and territory.
“The drug culture is not some benign opium den where people sit around contemplating their pipe dreams. Drug trafficking is aggressive, nasty, brutal and inhumane in the extreme […] yet some of these abusers are now being portrayed as victims, nonviolent offenders.”
Talking Points believes that giving drug-involved criminals leniency will escalate crime across the board.
O’Reilly said we’re living in a liberal time where “sympathy for the devil on multiple fronts is growing.”
Paul Larkin, of the Heritage Foundation, countered O’Reilly’s Talking Points Memo. He said hard drugs like heroin and cocaine aren’t necessarily poisonous and that policy should look at “where you get the best bang for your buck.”
“The important thing to look at in criminal justice policy is protecting human beings, not bang for the buck,” O’Reilly responded.
Watch the Talking Points Memo and debate above.