In this April 21, 1999 photo, from left, Rachel Ruth, Rhianna Cheek and Mandi Annibel, all 16-year-old sophomores at Heritage High School in Littleton, Colorado, console each other during a vigil service to honor the victims of the shooting spree in Columbine High School. Twelve students and one teacher were killed in a murderous rampage at the school on April 20, 1999 by two students who killed themselves in the aftermath. (Laura Rauch | The Associated Press File)

In this April 21, 1999 photo, from left, Rachel Ruth, Rhianna Cheek and Mandi Annibel, all 16-year-old sophomores at Heritage High School in Littleton, Colorado, console each other during a vigil service to honor the victims of the shooting spree in Columbine High School. Twelve students and one teacher were killed in a murderous rampage at the school on April 20, 1999 by two students who killed themselves in the aftermath. (Laura Rauch | The Associated Press File)

Opinion: Alaska can join other states in passing reasonable gun laws

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