8 years after Pulse, Maxwell Frost says gun control movement has grown stronger than the gun lobby

He made the comments during an Instgram Live comment hosted by the Human Rights Campaign.

Eight years after the Pulse nightclub shooting, U.S. Rep. Maxwell Frost says the push for gun control has grown in strength.

The Orlando Democrat called for greater gun regulation measures during an Instagram Live with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

“As someone who’s been in this movement since I was 15 years old, so a little over a decade, the gun violence prevention movement, for the first time, I think for real, is stronger than the gun lobby,” Frost said.

Frost filed legislation last year to establish an Office of Gun Violence Prevention. It has not been considered in the Republican-controlled House, but President Joe Biden created such an office administratively.

And while Congress has not taken up measures like a bill allowing credit card companies to track gun purchases, Frost said there’s plenty of reason for optimism about what has advanced in Washington. He cited the bipartisan Safer Communities Act (S 2938) and other federal investments in minority communities to reduce gun violence.

“That’s what I got tear gassed for and jailed for in Orlando, Florida,” Frost said. “What I was fighting in the movement for Black lives was more resources in our community. We’re getting it. We’re winning.”

Frost made the comments during an HRC Instagram Live event with activists from Giffords. It took place on the eight-year anniversary of the Pulse shooting, when a killer swearing allegiance to ISIS killed 49 people with a Sig Sauer MGC and a Glock pistol. He bought the rifle and ammunition within days of the attack on the Orlando gay nightclub.

The HRC event was moderated by HRC Press secretary Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the Pulse shooting.

He noted a phrase utilized regularly among LGBTQ advocates now that he said was birthed from the Pulse tragedy.

“We don’t just honor them with empty words or hollow sympathies,” Wolf said. “We honor those stolen from us with action.”

He said people need to become politically active not just by listening to online forums but by contacting politicians and even running for office themselves.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • rbruce

    June 12, 2024 at 2:25 pm

    The killer freely admitted that “gayness” had nothing to do with the murders. There is nothing in the proposed law that would stop a criminal from doing illegal acts. What the bill does, is spend more money on programs that have never been proven to work. It will spread money to politically connected people to do worthless work.

    • Conservative always

      June 13, 2024 at 11:20 am

      100% spot on.

  • Michael K

    June 12, 2024 at 4:43 pm

    Good for Rep Frost. We need more young leaders like him, because his fossilized right wing “peers” are owned by the gun makers and refuse to enact long overdue and common sense regulation.

    Thoughts and prayers mean nothing.

    • Bill Pollard

      June 12, 2024 at 6:40 pm



      June 13, 2024 at 12:55 pm

      Not happening, Adolf. Go read Bruin and Heller.

    • Billy Nash

      June 18, 2024 at 2:29 pm

      Yes. He is a shining star. He is trying to do good things for Floridians which is not an easy job. There are a handful of the good ones down there. Hope they make a difference because FL is on a downward spiral now.

    • Hung Wiil

      June 23, 2024 at 3:39 pm

      Michelle K
      Biden, Sanders, Pelosi. Jurassic Park.
      Frost is a douche and is wrong. The gun control lobby has no meaningful impact

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