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Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by FALPhil, Jul 6, 2007.
Kalashnikov rifle inventor says conscience clear
I've always kind of wondered what he and people like Hiram Maxim felt about the use of their inventions.
What is amazing to me is that someone who lived most of his life under a communist system understands the concept of personal responsibility. Heck, we have a capitalist system here, and about half the country doesn't understand the concept.
Why would he have a problem when he was working to defend his country, and he was good at inventing firearms.
I would see this as no different from Browning or the creators of the atom bomb.
I don't know what your background is or whether or not you have spent any time in a communist country (I have). Communists have a collective mentality and see most things in a collective vein.
John Browning was able to prosper because he lived and believed in a free enterprise system. Individual responsibility was part of the code by which he lived, therefore he would not have a problem. However, many of the people who worked on the Manhattan Project have expressed regret. I do not know if it was because of the awesome power of their product, the Pandora's Box syndrome, or some skewed moral perspective.
But, understanding the weltanschuaang of communists, it is refreshing to see that Mr. Kalashnikov has risen above it.
He put no firearm in any ones hand or made them pull the trigger. He did help arm a lot of folks. Some I think needed arming and some needed shooting!
I believe it was Maxim who invented his machine gun cause he knew there was a need and it would be profitable. Hell, he sold them to the Germans right before WWI.
Thompson regretted the fact that his gun was more associated with crime than what it was intended for in war.
Mikhail did alright, especially for a tanker