Brand recognition to die for…

November 12, 2009

Welcome to the story that cannot be satirized. It’s already THAT good.

It seems the designer of the Kalashnikov rifle was just named a “Hero of Russia” by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who lauded him for creating “the brand every Russian is proud of.”

Please remember, I am not making any of this up.

As far as global recognition goes, Mikhail Kalashnikov’s name would be right up there with Death and Hemorrhoids, if those were actual people’s names.

Between real Kalashnikovs and knock-offs, “the brand every Russian is proud of” is often said to have killed more people than any other weapon.

Indeed, “the brand every Russian is proud of” is the weapon of choice among various armies, rebels, gangsters and drug traffickers.

Said the frail, 90-year-old Kalashnikov at the ceremony, “This is not my fault that this weapon is not used where it should.”

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Top: Mikhail Kalashnikov (R), the Russian inventor of the globally popular AK-47 assault rifle, toasts with Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev during festivities to celebrate his 90th birthday in Moscow, November 10, 2009. REUTERS/ Natalia Kolesnikova/Pool

Middle: Afghan boys, some as young as eight, peer through the broken glass of a window of their prison in Kabul watched by a young guard with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, in a 1996 file photo. REUTERS/Stringer

Bottom: A Russian boy aims a Kalashnikov rifle at the Russian Army’s elite Dzerzhinsky division near the town of Balashikha, outside Moscow, in a 2002 file photo. The Dzerzhinsky division organized a military-style summer camp for juvenile delinquents to teach military discipline and show them contemporary weaponry. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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It would be perfect if they were toasting with a Molotov Cocktail.

Posted by Bill | Report as abusive

Well, if it would be more accurate on placing it rounds on a target or a person, I think even the USA might have started to use this weapon.

And a bit lighter.

But you can drive your car over it, with the weapon a mud puddle, and it will still fire.

But, again, if you can’t hit what you are shooting at, it becomes a novelty item, more than a number one shooting thingy.

Other than numbers, that is.

Accuracy does count. If one wants to just fire something on automatic and pray that they hit what they are shooting at is one thing. Having enough of these AKs around, enough fire power sometimes make up for its poor shooting accuracy.

And let’s face one more fact. Kids do carry them. However, the ammo is too heavy for a child to carry very much of.

So, these nifty rifles do have their drawbacks.

Posted by tim | Report as abusive

And I had thought my meds were doing enough to keep me happy and carefree, but this post has me buzzing my nurse like there’s no tomorrow. Robert, you must positively do something about this! I need a little bit more Prozac…

Posted by M | Report as abusive

A great rifle. Ak design is by far the most durable battle rifle made.

Posted by Johnny Magallon | Report as abusive

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The AK is a great rifle. The AK is so popular because it works consistently, is easy to maintain and hard to break. All good qualities in a tool. The inventor should be toasted.

The author’s assertion that equates Kalashnikov to ‘Death’ is complete rubbish. Guns are just tools, neither evil nor good. Evil lies in the hearts of men. Firearms are the best way known to curb that evil e.g. Minutemen.

Posted by Matthew | Report as abusive

Kalashnikov was right, it is not his fault the weapon is used in the wrong places. It is the fault of people, governments, etc. If it wasn’t the AK then it would be some other versatile weapon.

Posted by Sokotra | Report as abusive

The venerable AK47 and its successor the AK74 has saved many many more lives than they have taken
Therefore, Mikhail Kalashnikov is indeed a hero of the highest magnitude
To blame a particular rifle for the deeds of mankind is beyond ridiculous

Another “blame the gun (or it’s designer) and not the person(s)” story. The U.S. never sold or supplied arms to third world nations oh no never! Our giving arms to the enemies of our enemies has probably caused as much harm as any one model of rifle could ever do.

Posted by Mike | Report as abusive

A great rifle – that is correct. To all the gun control chicken necks that have a heart attack everytime they see a gun – grow up. Guns aren’t going away and if you hope for more strict gun control laws all it will do is take the guns out of the law abiding citizen’s hands and then we are all less safe. The only reason the US has never been invaded was summed up by a Japanese general in WWII – “Invasion of the US is impossible because you would find a gun behind every blade of grass.” I wish that was still true. More guns = less crime.

I am neither a thief nor a gangbanger. And suprisingly enough i have no crimnal record. I have 3 of these rifles and if i had enough money I would have 10 more.I dont shoot at people nor do i want to hurt anyone. I have a permit to carry in my last 2 home states I am also a veteran my guns havent hurt anyone IF YOU DONT LIKE GUNS DONT BUY ONE

Posted by bill | Report as abusive

Is Bobby a hoplophobe?? Likely.

Apparently, mass murderers are not responsible for their actions, an inanimate object is.

What a delirious fool…a very dangerous one.

Posted by Winghunter | Report as abusive

Whoever said that AK is not accurate is an ignorant idiot. Sorry! I will agree that AR is more accurate
I would rather make by shots count and have a rifle that never jams than to have something that will jam and brake on me when i need it.

Posted by Vic | Report as abusive

Since Obama’s inauguration the price of an AK-47 has doubled on the American market. I wish I had had the foresight to invest in these instead of the American Stock Exchanges.

Posted by Sam D | Report as abusive

When the English longbow was invented, it was said that “war is now inconceivable–because this weapon is so deadly”. Same with the Maxim gun. Man keeps inventing better weapons, and then claims that it’s not the fault of the weapons, because they are just the tools.

But these tools enable their users to kill more people faster, which is not beyond ridiculous. Merely insane.

Posted by Rowland Scherman | Report as abusive

Not his fault the weapon is not used where it should? What did he create it for, if not to kill other humans, to shoot chickens?

Posted by OhMyStars | Report as abusive

Since the automobile and the AK are roughly the same age (within a couple decades), and they are both tools; which of these tools has killed/wounded more people worldwide in the last 80 years? If you seriously believe that the tool is to blame, then you must advocate for car bans along side of gun bans to avoid hypocracy.

Why when someone goes on a shooting rampage and kills people, the nut job liberals demand more gun control. Yet they will call for tougher penalties for drunk drivers in the same breath and not say a word about banning cars?

The Ft. Hood massacre shows the glaring falacy of gun control. Everyone on post is BANNED from having firearms with the exception of tightly controlled training environments and the police. These unarmed soldiers were regulated into becoming camoflaged targets rather than armed soldiers. Gun control killed those people plain and simple. If even the officers were allowed to carry their sidearms, the headlines would have read much differently. Armed = Citizen, Unarmed = Subject. The only question that remains is why the lefties want me to be a subject rather than a citizen???

Posted by choprzrul | Report as abusive

get with it people you can pick up a gun and kill a man or you can pick up a rock and kill a man. it doesnt matter in what qauntity or succession we kill, we all have the ability to kill if we so choose. to the naive activists who claim it is the tools and not the user or it is because of these tools the user is enabled GET WITH IT! you mine as well say we shouldnt be allowed to have hands we can use those to kill as well. do you really look they will pass laws controlling the use of our hand? i dont think so.

Posted by getwithit | Report as abusive

If he hadn’t invented it, someone else would have.

To paraphrase Eddie Izzard: Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. But the gun sure helps! I mean, you can’t just walk up to someone and yell, “BANG!” You’d have to be really dodgy on the heart.

@Getwithit – I can kill anybody with a gun, from a distance, in a relatively neat fashion, at little risk to myself. I can only kill those weaker and less skilled in fighting than myself with a rock. And, this comes with a great risk to my own well-being. And requires me to face their death up close.

Posted by jan | Report as abusive

The AK is an outstanding design but I have yet to hear of one being able to kill on it’s own. Ford has produced lots of cars that people have been kill in or by. Usually because a person was being an idiot. No one is trying to ban cars. But wait, this writer is an idiot.

Posted by GPurcell | Report as abusive

A tool, a killing tool. No, I’m not so naive as to believe in a world without guns or violence but please, let’s not dance around the truth. I myself am a veteran and a gun owner. Should we be toasting Mr. Kalashnikov? No. A gun is a gun, we know what they’re for, how well made or not. The celebration of it, including gun culture is nearing sadistic levels. If your gun is so precious to you imagine it replacing your wife and children, or your friends, because this is what it does, this is what it’s built to do, take people from this world. What a sad tool. What a sad world.

Posted by Ronald | Report as abusive

After Fort Hood you would think more people would realize that all disarming people does is make them great targets. Had those soldier had the same right to carry off duty as every law enforcement officer in the country this tragedy would have a very different ending. Would be terrorist shoots a soldier, 43 soldier return fire = 1 Dead Bad Guy.

I understand not liking that crooks, terrorists, and other bad guys carry guns and use them for evil. Unfortunately no matter how many stupid laws are passed these people WILL keep ALL their guns. The only way to counter this threat is by increasing the number of good guys that are armed and trained. Want to take a bite out of violent crime? Setup a training facility where civilians are taught how to safely and effectively use their own weapons. Do a background check and make sure they aren’t felons. Once they pass this course give them a national concealed carry license.

The only time they shouldn’t carry is when they go out drinking…..just like driving and alcohol don’t mix, neither do guns and alcohol mix well.

Safe gun storage is a great idea, I’m fine with requiring people to store a gun that isn’t under your immediate control in a manner were kids or burglar’s can’t obtain it easily. I consider a locked and loaded 1911 in your nightstand under your immediate control.

A car also can’t kill on its own, but it’s made for transportation. An AK-47 is specifically designed and engineered for no other purpose than to maim or kill another human being. So if you are saying that Klashnikov has contributed as much to our society as say someone like Henry Ford, then you are a complete idiot.

Posted by Chris | Report as abusive

When Mikhail Kalashnikov reviews his life on his deathbed will he say “I am so glad I have helped mankind by creating a weapon that helped people destroy people”. What would the world be like if he had taken his obviously talented mind and engineered some other tool that helped society. Another wasted life….

Posted by E | Report as abusive

GPurcell, you nailed it. AKs (both AK47s and AK74s and all variants) never killed anyone on their own. When Kalashnikov invents a killer robot with integral AK arms that seeks victims with no end-user programming needed, then Kalasnikov did the world a disservice and is a cad. Until then, he made a tool that is used both for good and bad.

Kalashnikov made Russia a crapload of money with his design they adopted – they sold more of them to third-world and even rich nations than you could ever possibly count. They call him a hero. For Russia, he was. In America, we love John Moses Browning and Eugene Stoner, and many here call them heroes as well. Was Browning evil for inventing the weapons he did, including the M1911 handgun? Was Eugene Stoner evil for inventing the AR15? Now, think about how badly we would have been beaten in every world conflict if we had to lug around heavy wood-stocked long guns like we had before the AR15/M16/M4s were birthed. Still think he’s evil?

Posted by engineerGA | Report as abusive

I have to agree that he is a Hero. The problem is the different governments that will allow a civilian to carry an Assault Weapon who in the right mind will give an assault weapon to a civilian, why would civilians need granades or military tanks, that is what is stupid.

looks like the russians know the meaning of defence and are thankful for the making of it, good for them.

Posted by braveheart | Report as abusive

The AK is one of the best weapon designs of all time and deserves to be praised. As an American I’m proud as Hell of our awesome and beautiful fighters and bombers, powerful ships and submarines, intercontinental ballistic missiles with their MIRV nuclear warheads, and highly trained soldiers. I’m even proud of the M-16, now known as the M-4.

And one should note that the automobile has probably killed even more people than the AK! And that Mr. Kalishnikov simply copied the StG-44, the first true assault rifle that was designed and fielded by the Germans in 1943. He denies it but Russians deny everything.

Kalashnikov developed a rifle to help defend the Soviets against Nazi Germany. The Soviets gave them or sold them for influence and power. If a car or a piece of paper where used by a mobster, people wouldn’t get so animated at their maker. People have been killed by Israeli, and American, and European arms also and no one is getting excited about it. Plus, its a money thing…Kalashnikov is trying to keep copies from being made so they get some money out of it. Now China and Pakistan make their own versions.

Posted by Chris Gibson | Report as abusive

The AK is a simple weapon of choice, I prefer the M16 or AR15 being a Vietnam Vet, I have fired them all.. The AK47 designer will go down as another Samual Colt.. The hand ringers are clueless.. guns do not kill people..people do. A dependable hand gun is the fastest security system in this world,, owned by a responsible gun owner. Nut jobs and hand wringers.. are SAD and clueless. The response time of 2 great security people with handguns saved many more lives in Texas last week.

Posted by Dennis | Report as abusive

the ak-47 is one of the most interesting designs of the last millenium. Mikhail Kalashnikov didn’t invent the gun- that was done hundreds of years prior. He just made it accessible- its the proletariat killing machine. compared to an m-16 it jams and cant snipe well. but its design allows for easy modification, and spraying of mass bullets hence its acessibility. the reason the ak is so important is that a weapon like this prevents industrial 1st world countries from holding weapons supremacy (at least when it comes to side arms). we celebrate our guns in america for selfish reasons like freedom and other fallacies. over there they’ve got vodka, assault rifles, cinema and not much else. let the russian’s have it for cryin out loud. happy birthday, Mikhail!

Juan…
our government does not “give” us assault rifles
we are guaranteed that right to bear arms, mostly due to the tyranny of the government we left during our nation’s infancy
ironically we now we are in danger of our government being as tyrannical as the one we rebelled against and left more than two hundred years ago

it appears another revolution may soon be in order so we do not lose our rights and become subjects

This man is nothing less than a skilled military engineer tasked with designing a weapon to protect his own country just after (1947) it was invaded and nearly subjugated by the German army.

If you consider the introduction of “guerilla warfare tactics” into the Revolutionary War by American soldiers rebelling from Britian an act of patriotism, you can celebrate this man on the same level. Other names can be added to the list including the men on the Manhattan Project who invented the nuclear bomb, arguably the most effective weapon in enforcing peace ever invented.
Those who disparage this man’s work fail to realize that it was conceived in defense but due to its easy design to copy and a regime interested more in making money off arms sales than on its international responsibilities, it became a tool for many atrocities – a situation far out of his reach to control.
Kalashnikov is not a bad guy. No more than the first man to develop a spear to protect his family or to hunt more successfully was responsible for many deaths that empires using spear phalanxes like the Persians, Greeks and others caused.
“The only thing new in this world is the history you don’t know.” FDR.

Posted by RobB | Report as abusive

People say no matter what you do criminals will still have guns and therefore everybody should have guns. That means if an entire village decides that all lawyers should die because they commited fraud, raped a little girl or any horror that are very common, since you are carrying a gun you might as well kill the ofender right on the spot, what is there to prevent it? Since you have all the training you need, your background was checked, etc. Locks can be opened (I mean all locks) and that is why there are burglars, it only means it will take a couple of minutes more.

Sure you can prevent killings but take in consideration that you will also promote I will say the balance will be on the killing since we are promoting to have everyone carry assault rifles, scary to have children (including 18 years old to carry a gun) “supervised” parents, even those well trained in the army go and kill people, it only means those will occur more often.

Already is very easy for anyone to get guns, now I don’t want to make it easier, it is simply not good, this means guns from the US will simply have no end and they can continue to supply other countries. Simply give the small calibers and make it harder, give them one and maximum three, why would you need to have more than that. You want to go hunting or fishing, go do it just by hands. Animals also need a break!

funny but “kalasknikov” (DID NOT) invent the ak47 which is only a redesigned ww2 german “MP43 submachine gun” later called the “sturmgewe”. this machinegun was used on the russian front and was the weapon that was most in demand by german troops… just like the us m60 machinegun whose basic design is from the ww2 german machinegun…….mr roger todd,miami,ok..usa

Posted by mr roger todd | Report as abusive

E said: “I am so glad I have helped mankind by creating a weapon that helped people destroy people”. What would the world be like if he had taken his obviously talented mind and engineered some other tool that helped society. Another wasted life…

So, by your theory the engineers that gave our troops victories (I celebrated with the Veterans yesterday)and saved thousands of our military men & women led wasted lives. You need to take a pass on the next toke and get real. For thousands of years wars have been waged for many reasons. Some justified & some not. And it won’t end tomorrow because you sing cum-ba-ya and drink too much kool-aid.

Technology has won many a conflict and as I’ve said before, You don’t win wars by dying for your country. You win them by making that other poor dumb b astard die for his.

GP

Posted by patton | Report as abusive

God made man, Mr Colt made man equal. I’ve heard that a hundred times. We celebrate Mr Colt, Mr Remington, and Mr Winchester. The germans celebrate Mr Rutger. They can celebrate Mr K.

Posted by MATT | Report as abusive

Kalashnikov was a very good design engineer doing his job and duty to his country. He is indeed a hero. And as other posters have mentioned, certainly his work is no worse than that of Colt, Browning, Szilard, Oppenheimer, and even Einstein himself. That weapons are invented and used in defense and war is simply a matter of the human condition – and one we as a species are socioeconomically no where near ready to stop employing and praising.

As for the disarm the public crowd, note that the lowest crime states are those where possessing and carrying handguns is relatively unrestricted. Crime rates are a function of social mores, values, and economics – not access to guns.

Remember, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.”

Posted by Len B | Report as abusive

Mikhail Kalashnikov is one of the three greatest firearms designers of the modern age. He joins John Moses Browning and John Cantius Garand.
We should perhaps also remember that it was people like Mikhail Kalashnikov who, without doubt, enabled victory in ww2. He was wounded and in convalescence when he commenced his now famous design. Take a look at the losses incurred by the Russians and consider the realities of that tumultuous period.
The design of John Cantius Garand saved many American lives and had a real impact on the outcome of ww2.

We should, perhaps, not harshly judge those who have seen and suffered more than we can imagine and appreciate better the context of recent history.

Posted by Phil | Report as abusive

It sickens me that there are so many pacifists out there that hate weapons and choose to just close their eyes to the horrors that happen in the real world around them. In the book “Murder in the Name of Honor”, Rana Husseini describes the honor killing of a 16 year old girl by her brother, because she embarrassed the family with an abortion for a pregnancy resulting from the rape by one of her other fine brothers.

Some people deserve to die. You pacifists can go ahead and lay your memorial candles on the sidewalk. I hope one day those brothers get to see the pointy end of the 7.62mm leaving the barrel of an AK-47…

Posted by Angry Arcangel | Report as abusive

If there were not a gun free zone at Fort Hood, there would be fewer dead people there after Major Hasan celebrated Jehad. Gun free zones on a military base are the product of Bill Clinton. And lots of military people carry weapons daily in Iraq. They seem to get along pretty well. And all of the police carrying guns are able to keep pretty calm. As do licensed concealed handgun carriers.

Posted by Michael | Report as abusive

Sure Kalashnikov deserves national recognition, his rifle has been in service 60+ years. And our own guy, Eugene Stoner, deserves similar feting for designing the AR15, better known by the US military designation M16. The M16 has passed 40 years of US military service, and is still going strong. But I doubt Stoner will get his due recognition from the current administration, which is filled with bedwetters. At least the Russians properly honor their patriots.

Posted by Scott | Report as abusive

Reuters FAIL

Why must we (as readers) put up with mindless commentary in so many articles these days? “As far as global recognition goes, Mikhail Kalashnikov’s name would be right up there with Death and Hemorrhoids.” Simply distasteful and sad commentary.

Where is the competition in the journalism industry? Is there such a lack of talent available that writers can write without thinking first? I suppose the real issue is with the organizations producing the content. As an editor or supervisor I would never sign off on this. Hiring processes for writers likely involves chatting about politics to find the most gullible person available for the least pay.

Posted by Jonathan | Report as abusive

If all the people in the world who kill using AK47′s did not have AK47′s because they hadn’t been made, they would have to beat people to death with flowers instead.

Posted by Richard | Report as abusive

An “anti-gun bury your head in the sand and the bad in the world will go away” author makes a hit piece against arguably the best automatic rifle ever made. Surprised?

I’m not a Russian, but I do see something to be proud of in a rifle that can be buried in mud for a month, dragged behind a truck for 20 miles, then fired with absolute confidence. A rifle that can go its entire lifetime without a cleaning is something to be proud of – something the M16 promised originally but never delivered.

Yes, as with all weapons they end up being used for both good and evil. Should the evil that is done be a judgment against the firearm as the author has done? Leaving the shooters blameless? The rifle made them do it? Or should the blame for the evil fall on the person with their finger on the trigger, and those above him ordering him to do so?

The AK variant I own is simply the best firearm I’ve ever touched. It came straight from Russia to me in America and the most evil it has ever accomplished is sending watermelons to their fruit afterlife. Yes I’m guilty of many massacres straight from the produce section. Plenty of Russian jobs and families depended on my purchase and others like mine. A purchase for the most dependable rifle in existence used for sports shooting and personal defense by myself and hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of Americans (you want to break into my house do you????) People this author would gladly see unemployed because the author puts the blame on the rifle, not those who actually do the evil in this world… who would use a different rifle if the AK wasn’t available.

Shame shame shame

Posted by Nick | Report as abusive

Honestly, is this considered “thinking out of the box” journalism? This article made me dumber and wasted 2 minutes of my day. I am emberrassed to share a country with the author of this crap.

Posted by J CC | Report as abusive

*blink* *blink*

Uh, Bob. I think I’m going to be needing those medications back now. I came back to your blog after a day off and there were 47 (!) comments, and most of them were debating the MERITS of something!

I’m actually typing this from underneath my desk where I am rocking back and forth in the foetal position. Please send some meds soon. Just send them care of the Mayor of Mt Isa, they’ll get to me.

P.S. God Bless Americans and your crazy passion about guns.

Posted by Little Miss Random | Report as abusive

Um, LMR, you’re not REALLY from Mt Isa are you? Because I know somebody who really is.

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

No, I’m not. But like you, I know someone who is. Several someones, in fact. And none of them are aesthetically challenged.

Posted by Little Miss Random | Report as abusive

You know your stories. 49 comments and not one of them satirical. It would have been done by now if it could be. Please don’t post any more stories about guns.

Posted by Whome? | Report as abusive

Thanks for noticing, Whome, but I still have faith…

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

That’s interesting, LMR. So maybe all the chicks from Mt. Isa are gorgeous, and there is some organized effort to trick guys into staying away?

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

You’re right! Maybe it’s a conspiracy by the Mayor of Mt Isa (who is a man) to keep any MORE men from getting in and snapping up all the gorgeous women.

After all, the whole problem is that, being a mining town, there’s a shortage of women, and so they’re attempting to eliminate to competition so that the aesthetically challenged MEN can keep their women.

Clearly it’s part of the white hat conspiracy.

Posted by Little Miss Random | Report as abusive

Wow, I’m surprised to find how many people are condemning the writer of this article dispite the fact that he is actually telling the truth about “Mikhail Kalashnikov’s name would be right up there with Death and Hemorrhoids”. I mean, I am pretty sure that the AK47 has killed more people than nuclear weapon has (minus the ecological disaster) since its invention, so the writer isn’t exactly wrong there comparing AK47 to Death. Also, the writer has not written a single word about banning guns in the US, so I don’t know why a lot of the people here are kicking up such a fuss, maybe you Americans should stop being such crybabies when someone tries to take away your guns.

To those comparing the AK to cars, sex has spread a lot of disease, committed awful crimes by people, maybe we should ban and condemn sex as well! (for those of you who are really that dense, I am being sarcastic)

Posted by Noobface | Report as abusive

53 Comments!!!! And I dont have one!! Not fair…
Bob, meds back!! Pronto!!!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Robert, my friend, I think the three pages of comments to this post prove there’s an incredibly, outrageously large market out there for the type of meds we have been discussing in the past few posts…

Posted by M | Report as abusive

Completely agree M…
Basler, we love your blogs, just not this one… coz it got toooooooo serious to handle…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Uh-oh, Shra. You may want to take a break from the blog for a few days when I start my week-long series on the future of nuclear energy.

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

You wouldnt do that to one of your loyal followers, would ya Bobby!?!
Guess I could suffer through it… but just for you, Bob!
Wouldnt ever do anything of this sort for any other Blog Guy!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I’d rather be shot than be doused in a flammable substance and lit with an evil match.

Posted by Sven | Report as abusive

Yeah, but if we’re talking rathers, I’d rather ride into the sunset on a unicorn than be shot with a gun. It’s flawed logic.

*deep breathing*

Remember LMR – don’t get drawn into the gun debate. Don’t get drawn into the gun debate. Especially not with Yanks.

Posted by Little Miss Random | Report as abusive

Sven is not a common Yank name…

Posted by Bill | Report as abusive

And I suppose you think that Little Miss Random was 1982′s most common name for Australian girls?

Posted by Little Miss Random | Report as abusive

Bill is a Yank name.

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I love my AK, although it’s Romanian not Russian, it doesn’t jam, easy to take care of and ammo is cheap. Can’t say I’m psyched about how it is used around the world but if you in the market for a nice assault rifle this is the way to go.

Posted by Gun Toting Liberal | Report as abusive

Well…Alfred Nobel (The Nobel Peace Prize) invented dynamite..I suppose we should get all over his butt too eh? Come on. Grow up.

Posted by Cannon | Report as abusive

Guns don’t kill people– PEOPLE kill people.
Who really needs to split hairs here? The number of suicides spikes every year during the holiday season- Because of Christmas. How many people in all of history have been killed by Christmas?
Merry Xmas everybody– I’m off my meds because I’m unemployed and my COBRA has just run out. Christmas is killing ME! Will an illegal AK-47 owner please come and pump me full of spent uranium rounds?
There’s the satire that this post has so desperately needed!

Posted by DNGLHPPR | Report as abusive

Imma let you finish, but we’re number 1!

Posted by KWest | Report as abusive

We’re number 2! Or, as Jerry Seinfeld said, “Of all the losers, you’re the best”.

Posted by KWest | Report as abusive