It's frequently said that more people have been killed by AK-47s than by any other firearm in history. I'm pondering the question of whether its designer Mikhail Kalashnikov bears moral responsibility for all those deaths. I'm a firm believer in the proposition that guns don't kill people, people kill people, but what about the people who made it possible? Kalashnikov didn't think so, but was he right?
Mikhail Kalashnikov refused to accept any responsibility for the many people killed with the weapon.
"My aim was to create armaments to protect the borders of my motherland," he said.
"It is not my fault that the Kalashnikov was used in many troubled places. I think the policies of these countries are to blame, not the designers."