Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK-47, has died, from the BBC :
The inventor of the Kalashnikov assault rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov, has died aged 94, Russian officials say.
The automatic rifle he designed became one of the world’s most familiar and widely used weapons.
Its comparative simplicity made it cheap to manufacture, as well as reliable and easy to maintain.
The AK-47 was simple and it worked. Alas the modern world seems to disdain simple. Yet we will have to deal with the AK-47 long after the horrors of the Unaffordable Care Act have faded from our collective memories. The AK-47 was the ultimate weapon for arming peasants.