Just days after several gun control bills went into effect, students from Michigan State University were back at the Capitol on Thursday to demand a repeal of the state’s stand your ground law.

“Don’t wait for another tragedy to make change. Growing up in the lock down generation — it has taught me that the normalization and desensitization to tragedy is a dangerous game,” Maya Manuel, an organizer with Sit Down MSU, told dozens gathered Thursday. “We got those bills passed, but we can’t stop, we can’t stop now.”

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“We could work on ghost gun regulation, we could repeal stand your ground laws,” said junior Saylor Reinders, co-president of Students Demand Action said, according to WSYM. “There’s so much more that can be done.”

The rally followed two days after three new gun control measures took effect on Tuesday, including a “red flag law” to block access to firearms for those deemed a risk, safe firearm storage regulations, and universal background checks.

Lansing Democratic Rep. Emily Dievendorf attended the rally, which was followed by conversations inside the building with Dievendorf and fellow Democratic Reps. Penelope Tsernoglou and Sam Singh, both of East Lansing, according to The State News.

The Detroit News reports Michigan Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks also attended the rally and spoke with students.

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“It’s going to take everything from more community gun violence prevention organizations being funded, harm reduction, as well as looking at what areas we may have missed in the first round, and trying to secure the firearms that we have,” Dievendorf said. “These students are going to show up until we finish the job.”

Brinks blamed inaction on further gun control measures on the current split between parties in the lower chamber that experts are saying will shift to a 56-54 Democratic majority in April.

“Right now in the House, the situation is 54-54, so it’s tied with Democrats and Republicans and currently we do not have any Republican members who are willing to vote yes on any gun safety measures,” she said, according to the News. “If you’re their constituents contact them, vote, help someone who does support gun safety when they’re running for office.”

Like Reinders, Jo Kovach, former president of Associated Students of MSU, also pointed to a desire to repeal the state’s stand your ground law, which allows residents to respond to threats with deadly force.

“As long as there are not strict laws in place, mass funding for social services for gun violence and communities historically ravaged by firearms, and as long as guns can still make it into the wrong hands, there’s still work to be done,” Kovach said.

The rally followed just over a year after a gunman killed three and injured five during a shooting at MSU that served as an impetus for gun control measures approved in 2023.

Reinders thanked “gun-sense” lawmakers who voted for those measures, and targeted conservative lawmakers who refused to punish law-abiding gun owners for the criminal acts at MSU.

“To the lawmakers, who even after being confronted with the devastating consequences of having weak gun laws, still voted against gun violence prevention bills last year, you have shown us time and time again that you will continue to prioritize the gun lobby over Michigan students,” Reinders said, according to WWMT.