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Andrew Napolitano: Armed Workers Could Have Stopped Navy Yard Shooter

By Wanda Carruthers   |  

More guns would lead to less crime, and possibly could have prevented an attack like the one Monday at Washington's Navy Yard, where a gunman allegedly killed 12 people, former Judge Andrew Napolitano said.

"I happen to believe where there are more guns, there is less crime. I believe if naval officers had been armed yesterday, fewer people would have been killed," Napolitano, who is also a Fox News judicial analyst, said Tuesday on "Fox & Friends."

And just the threat that workers would be armed could have been enough to deter shooter Aaron Alexis, Napolitano claimed.

"I also believe crackpots, like this guy, knowing every other person he could confront would be armed, he would think twice or three times or a hundred times before he would do it," he said.

Calling Washington, D.C. "the most antigun city in the country," Napolitano said there is a need for military bases to be well protected.

"If I could say anything to the chief of naval operations, I would ask, 'Why is it that your own people can't carry weapons to protect their colleagues and federal property when they are on federal installations?'" he asked.

Security needs to include vigorous background checks for personnel with access to secure areas, Napolitano maintained.

"When the government gives a vendor a gun, or when the government brings a vendor into government property, it needs to know about the individual. So, it obviously needs to have a better way of finding things about people," he said.

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