After the first major school shooting since the Florida massacre, journalists flocked to Texas, seeking sound bites on guns. Most residents wished they would just go away.
Stephen Paulsen is a freelance journalist based in Houston. His work has appeared in Mother Jones, Houston Press and Leafly, among other places. Follow him on Twitter @stephentpaulsen.
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