Happy birthday Mr. Kalashnikov and my hat is off to him with his great sucess
MOSCOW (AP) — Sixty years after the AK-47 went into production, Mikhail Kalashnikov says he does not stay awake at night worrying about the bloodshed wrought by the world’s most popular assault rifle.
“I sleep well. It’s the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence,” Kalashnikov said Friday at a ceremony marking the birth of the rifle, whose initials stand for “Avtomat Kalashnikov.”
He slept badly before he started designing the gun, worried about the superior weapons that Nazi soldiers were using with grisly effectiveness against the Red Army in World War II.
While hospitalized with wounds after a Nazi shell hit his tank in the 1941 battle of Bryansk, Kalashnikov decided to design an automatic rifle combining the best features of the American M1 and the German StG44.
“Blame the Nazi Germans for making me become a gun designer,” said Kalashnikov, 87. “I always wanted to construct agriculture machinery.”
"But the simple truth--born of experience--is that tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people."
Judge Alex Kozinski - United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.
- Thomas Paine