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Mikhail Kalashnikov: AK-47 assault rifle designer dies at 94

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Mikhail Kalashnikov, the AK-47 assault rifle designer died Monday, according to a Dec. 23 Associated Press report. The Russian weapons designer was 94.

Kalashnikov, whose most famous invention was not exactly what he once aspired to create, was not affected by his contribution to bloodshed. A far cry from the farm equipment he hoped to design, the Russian designer blamed politicians for the violence leading to bloodshed, courtesy of Ak-47 assault rifles.

“I sleep well. It's the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence,” he said in 2007.

While he vigorously defended his invention, he was torn by the destruction it brought with it, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I am proud of my weapon but I am sad that terrorists use it,” he told the Russian online publication newsru.com in 2009. “I wish I had invented a machine which people could use, which could do good for farmers — for example, a sowing machine.”

Fox News reports that the “Avtomat Kalashnikov” and its corresponding production year is “favored by guerrillas, terrorists and the soldiers of many armies.” Approximately 100 million guns are spread worldwide. w

Kalashnikov reportedly died in a hospital in Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurtia republic where he lived. He had been hospitalized recently with unspecified health problems.

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