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Political roundup: How much do protests really influence state lawmakers?

Students rally in Lansing
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Students rally in Lansing

The Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence held a so-called "die in" Wednesday at the Capitol in Lansing, calling on the Legislature to craft stronger gun laws. 

Ken Sikkema and Susan Demasjoined us to talk about the demonstration, and how much of an effect protests like this really have on the way our lawmakers think.

"Some of these protests ... if they do it year in and year out, can have an impact, because they keep the issue in front of lawmakers," Sikkema said. 

Demas told us that these protests sway public opinion more than they do lawmakers themselves. 

"The days of protests weighing votes or passionate floor speeches changing minds are by and large over," she said.

Listen to our conversation above.

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