Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist made several stops in the River City today. He started the day at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church - to speak about keeping young people safe... and reducing crime. Channel 4's Marques White spoke to the man hoping to become the 46th governor of the state ... during a campaign stop at one of five local churches. 3 3 The man who served as 44th governor of Florida -- a republican -- turned democrat got a warm welcome from members at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.151952 NATS - WELCOMING CRIST Crist says he was here -- because Former Senator Tony Hill said it was the right place to come.He came to spread his message about reducing crime and keeping people safe -- in an area that deals with shootings and murders -- and at a church that recently came together for a 24 hour prayer service to end violence.152855 CRIST: WE HAVE TO HAVE SAFE COMMUNITIES. OUR CHILDREN HAVE TO BE SAFE IN OUR SCHOOLS 153045 I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES ARE SAFE - TO ENFORCE OUR LAWS - APPOINT FAIR JUDGES. I ALSO BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE RESTORATION OF RIGHTS.And Crist defended himself about his stance on restoration of gun rights to former felons. 153055 CRIST: ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS I DID WAS RESTORE THE RIGHTS OF FORMER NON-VIOLENT FELONS. RICK SCOTT TOOK THAT AWAY ALONG WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. I JUST THINK THAT'S WRONG AND THE REASON I KNOW IT'S WRONG IS I BELIEVE IN FORGIVENESS.152415 NATS CRIST: I'M STILL TOUGH ON CRIME.I DON'T WANT OUR PEOPLE TO BE MURDERED ....... I DON'T WANT TO HAVE DRIVEBYS IN OUR COMMUNITIES.Crist's call for a safer future -- comes as police investigate a shooting Sunday -- less than a mile away from St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.151702 NATS PASTOR GUNS IN CHURCH SERVICE Others spoke at the service -- emphasizing the importance of good homes and good schools -- as a way to bring the community closer together. Meanwhile Crist says he's looking forward to the race ahead and looking forward to coming back to northeast Florida.MW, C4, TLS.