Swalwell offers his 'thought' and 'prayer' in wake of California shooting

Swalwell offers his 'thought' and 'prayer' in wake of California shooting
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California Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellSwalwell defends Pelosi: We need her 'on the mound' McConnell pens editorial calling for bipartisanship after Dems take House Nearly six in ten want someone other than Trump elected president in 2020: poll MORE (D) reacted to a Wednesday shooting in his state that left 12 people dead and others injured with a unique riff on the traditional "thoughts and prayers" commonly offered up after tragic events.

In a Friday tweet, Swalwell wrote that he had just one "thought" and one "prayer" after the deadly shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., which police say was committed by 28-year-old Ian David Long, a former Marine.


"I have a THOUGHT: background checks and ban assault weapons," Swalwell wrote in his tweet.

"Here’s my PRAYER: Congress finds the courage to do it. That’s how you honor those needlessly killed," Swalwell continued, adding the hashtags "#RightToLiveComesFirst" and "#EnoughIsEnough."

Swalwell was joined by his party's leader in the House, fellow California Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDem lawmaker: 'There's plenty of competent females' that can be Speaker instead of Pelosi Marcia Fudge under spotlight as Pelosi Speaker fight heats up Election Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP MORE, in calling for gun reform after the shooting, which occurred in a suburb of Los Angeles at a bar frequented by college students.

In an interview Thursday night on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," the Democratic leader vowed that gun control would be a "priority" for the incoming Democratic-majority House following Tuesday's midterm elections.

“I do believe, because in this Congress … there is bipartisan legislation to have common-sense background checks to prevent guns going into the wrong hands. It doesn’t cover everything, but it will save many lives,” Pelosi said Thursday.

“This will be a priority for us going into the next Congress,” she added.