Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of iconic AK-47 rifle had once said that he never intended for rifle to become one of most famous assault rifle in the world.
In May 2012 he had written a letter to Russian Orthodox Church asking that is he responsible for deaths of so many people by weapon created by him.
In his letter to the Russian Patriarch, Kalashnikov wrote that one question was causing pain to his soul.”The longer I live, the more this question drills itself into my brain and the more I wonder why the Lord allowed man to have the devilish desires of envy, greed and aggression.”
Developed in 1947 by Mikhail Kalashnikov a Russian army veteran it remains one of the most widely used weapon in seven decades after its development. It is believed that AK-47s have caused more deaths than artillery fire, airstrikes and rocket attacks combined. An estimated quarter of a million people are gunned down by bullets from Kalashnikov’s every year.
It holds Guinness world record as out of 500 million firearms worldwide, approx 100 million belong to the Kalashnikov family, three-quarters of which are AK-47.
The Kalashnikov is officially in service in 55 countries and non officially in more than 100 countries and conflict zones.
AK-47 became a symbol of weapon of choice for various armed gangs, civil wars and terrorist organisations around the world. After fall of Soviet union AK-47s were openly sold in black market to any group with cash including drug cartels, Guerilla fighters in conflict areas, dictatorial governments.
They have been seen in the hands of leaders of the group like Al Qaeda, ISIS, Al-Shabaab in Somalia, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Iraq, and FARC, guerrillas in Colombia.