House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) vowed Thursday to fight for “bipartisan, commonsense solutions to prevent gun violence” in the wake of the shooting of a dozen people inside a crowded country-music bar late Wednesday in Southern California.
Pelosi’s comments were echoed Thursday by other Democrats as they prepared to take control of the House next year, bolstering the prospects for passage of gun-control measures. Passage of similar legislation seems considerably less likely in the Senate, where Republicans added to their numbers in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
“The American people deserve real action to end the daily epidemic of gun violence that is stealing the lives of our children on campuses, in places of worship and on our streets,” Pelosi said in a statment. She is favored to take over as House speaker in January.
“House Democrats will fight to pass bipartisan, commonsense solutions to prevent gun violence in communities across the country,” Pelosi said. “May it bring some measure of comfort to all who have been hurt or have lost loved ones that so many grieve and pray with them during this time.”
The death count Thursday included a sheriff’s deputy who had raced inside to confront the attacker at the Borderline Bar & Grill, a popular nightspot in Thousand Oaks, Calif., a middle-class city near Los Angeles.
The gunman was found dead inside after apparently killing himself. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said Thursday morning that investigators have not been able to determine a motive.
“It is particularly wrenching that this attack was carried out at a bar hosting a college night, targeting innocent young people enjoying an evening of music and community,” Pelosi said.