Crist, Brown Change Stances on Assault Weapons Band
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, both eyeing upcoming races, have something else in common: Both men just flip-flopped on an assault weapons ban.
The Massachusetts Republican, who said as recently as this summer -- after the shootings in Aurora, Colorado -- that legislation like an assault weapons ban is best left to states, told the Springfield Republican that the elementary school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut had changed his mind.
"What happened in Newtown where those children were subject to that level of violence is beyond my comprehension. As a state legislator in Massachusetts I supported an assault weapons ban thinking other states would follow suit. But unfortunately, they have not and innocent people are being killed," Brown said. "As a result, I support a federal assault weapons ban, perhaps like the legislation we have in Massachusetts."
If Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is nominated secretary of state, Brown is expected to mount a bid for his seat in a 2013 special election.
Meanwhile, Crist, a former Republican, looks like a likely Democratic candidate in Florida's 2014 gubernatorial race (and his numbers don't look bad). Here's the Tampa Bay Times on Crist's new-found views on gun control: