30.6.06

East meets West

Mikhail Kalashnikov standing with an M-16 next to Eugene Stoner, the M-16's designer, who is holding an AK-47. According to arms control campaigners, the Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle is the world's favorite killing machine, and it will remain so for at least 20 years. Mikhail Kalashnikov the Inventor of the Kalashnikov assault rifle, widely known as the AK-47 Date of Birth: Current Age: 11/10/1919 86. He was an inventor amongst other things such as a Lieutenant General in WW11. He wants something done to curb the sale and manufacturing of copies of the weapon he designed. I fear it is rather late for that now sadly. Sadly Eugene Stoner has passed away Field: Inventing Info: Designer of the M-16 assault rifle used by the US armed forces, as well as other military weapons Date of Birth: 11/22/1922 Date of Death: 04/24/1997 Age at Death: 74 Around 100 million AK-47s and variations of its design are in circulation around the world, including in the state arsenal of at least 82 countries. AK-47s are used to "massacre, maim, rape and abuse, torture, and fuel violent crime in countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Britain, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Mexico, Sierra Leone, the US, Venezuela and Yemen. Produced in at least 14 countries across four continents, the AK-47, which can be fired at a rate of 600 bullets per minute, can be bought for as little as 30 dollars in parts of Africa. I presume POTUS knows this info and yet he still dithers over bringing his troops home knowing that an Iraqi insurgent could kill more of them with the Kalashnikov's and other horrific weapons. ````````````````````````````

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