1. His death on Monday of unspecified causes sparked a conversation online, as people shared their views on the impact of his invention. 
  2. However, some argued that even if the AK-47 did not exist, the number of weapon casualties would remain the same.
  3. Initially, Kalashnikov had hoped to build farming equipment, but his desire to design a rifle was triggered when his tank was hit by Nazi forces in 1941. 


    "Blame the Nazi Germans for making me become a gun designer," Kalashnikov was once quoted as saying. "I always wanted to construct agricultural machinery."

  4. Despite the criticism, Kalashnikov told the Associated Press in 2007 that he was untroubled by the invention of the AK-47 because "it's the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence". 

    Some online agreed, hailing him as a hero: 
  5. In a 2007 interview with Al Jazeera's Josh Rushing, Kalashnikov explained why fighters find his weapon superior to others and why it has become so widespread.