AK-47 Inventor Wrote of ‘Unbearable’ Pain

'If my rifle took away people’s lives, then can it be that I… am guilty for people’s deaths?'

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The late Russian inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle wrote shortly before his death that he felt guilty about what he had created.

Mikhail Kalashnikov, who died in December at age 94, expressed his regrets last April in a letter to Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, BBC reports. He said the “spiritual pain is unbearable” because of the many deaths caused by the rifle.

“I keep having the same unsolved question: if my rifle took away people’s lives, then can it be that I… am guilty for people’s deaths, even if they were enemies?” Kalashnikov wrote .

The letter was published by the Russian newspaper Izvestia, BBC reports. Kirill responded to his letter, his spokesman Alexander Volkov said. “The Church has a very definite position: when weapons serve to protect the Fatherland, the Church supports both its creators and the soldiers who use it,” Volkov said.

Kalashnikov’s 1947 AK-47 design was the standard equipment of the Soviet army and has since become one of the world’s most ubiquitous and widely used weapons. Kalashnikov has expressed sadness in the past for its popularity: “It is painful for me to see when criminal elements of all kinds fire from my weapon,” he said in 2008.

[BBC]

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DeanJackson
DeanJackson

Ladies & gentlemen, don't believe a word of this tripe from the still exiting USSR. Mikhail Kalashnikov was a Communist Party member, and knew that Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, as with the remainder of the Russian Orthodox Church leadership to this very day, was a KGB asset. Yes, the KGB agent Quislings that controlled the Russian Orthodox Church before the “collapse” of the USSR are to this day still in control. They were never identified and thrown out of that institution after the “collapse” of the USSR. The same is true for all other religious institutions in the other 14 republics of the USSR, including East Bloc nations, proving not only co-option of those religious institutions, but that the "collapses" of the East Bloc and USSR were disinformation operations:


http://sofiaecho.com/2012/01/17/1747052_eleven-out-of-15-members-of-bulgarian-orthodox-churchs-holy-synod-worked-for-communist-state-security


Further proof of the fraudulent collapse of the USSR:


Take a look at what's still on Aeroflot aircraft...


http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.airplane-pictures.net/images/uploaded-images/2013-8/31/316500.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.airplane-pictures.net/photo/316500/vp-bdn-aeroflot-airbus-a319/&h=853&w=1200&sz=342&tbnid=LpEalOG0f8GrcM:&tbnh=101&tbnw=142&zoom=1&usg=__G489DWC7zsP5bnmGg5-Pi0QB8xs=&docid=xUpoGn9FHxnMDM&sa=X&ei=evRRUtGuJNGs4APLsoDICg&ved=0CC4Q9QEwAA


Note the Soviet emblem of the hammer & sickle stenciled on the Aeroflot aircraft's fuselage!


Now, for the main paper of the Russian Ministry of Defense…


http://www.redstar.ru/


“Krasnaya Zvezda” is Russian (no kidding!) for "Red Star", the official newspaper of Soviet and later Russian Ministry of Defense. The paper's official designation is, "Central Organ of the Russian Ministry of Defense." Note the four Soviet emblems next to the still existing Soviet era masthead, one of which pictures Lenin's head! Those Soviet emblems and Lenin's head can't still be next to the masthead of the Russian Ministry of Defense's newspaper due to their association with the Soviet Union and its ideals of world revolution; the nations of the world constituting the Soviet Union!


The fraudulent "collapse" of the USSR (and East Bloc) couldn't have been pulled off until both political parties in the United States (and political parties elsewhere in the West) were co-opted by Moscow & Allies, which explains why verification of the “collapse” was never undertaken by the West, such verification being (1) a natural administrative procedure (since the USSR wasn’t occupied by Western military forces); and (2) necessary for the survival of the West. Recall President Reagan's favorite phrase, "Trust, but verify". Notice that not one political party in the West demanded verification, and the media failed to alert your attention to this fact, including the "alternative" media. When determining whether the "former" USSR is complying with arms control treaties, what does the United States do to confirm compliance? Right, the United States sends into the "former" USSR investigative teams to VERIFY compliance, yet when it's the fate of the West that's at stake should the collapse of the USSR be a ruse, what does the United States do to confirm the collapse? Nothing!


eagle11772
eagle11772

The Soviet communist regime is the most evil, murderous regime in human history, responsible for the deaths of millions of its own citizens, as well as millions of people in other countries.  But was the now-deceased Mikhail Kalashnikov morally culpable for his invention of the AK-47 ?  I think not.  Was Samuel Colt morally culpable for the revolver (six-shooter) or John Thompson morally culpable for his submachine gun ?  Firearms and other weapons are tools.  They can be used by good people for defense, or by bad people for murder.  As much as I hate communism, which still exists in some countries, I do not think that Mikhail Kalashnikov should be condemned for his invention.  I realize others may vehemently disagree with me about this.

Yoshi
Yoshi

Reminds me of Oppenheimer's speech ("the destroyer of nations").

HateToSayItbut
HateToSayItbut

@eagle11772On a serious note; I would disagree with Communism existing in the world. Socialism, and maybe even a Marxist regime here or there, does exist and has before but outside of some hippies in the 60's there has never been a true Communist lifestyle. most certainly there has been no Communist state. But I admit I am arguing semantics there. You say potato I say State controlled, class based economy/political system.

eagle11772
eagle11772

@Yoshi  It wasn't a speech.  It was a short statement and he was quoting part of the ancient Hindu scripture called the Bhagavad Gita.  What Oppenheimer said was: "We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, theBhagavad-Gita... "Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.""

Yoshi
Yoshi

@eagle11772@Yoshi I was referring to the remorse of a weapon developer. Why argue the example?

HateToSayItbut
HateToSayItbut

@eagle11772@Yoshieagle11772 I have seen several of your posts in these comments sections and I feel I must state my displeasure. your accurate, logical and contemplative responses within this medium are disruptive and educational. You constantly keep the hard working people of this comments section from adequately explaining their beliefs that Obama is a socialist devil and how god would definitely beat allah in a knife fight.

Please, for the greater good, get dumber. Thanks for your attention.