Kalashnikov, the man who invented the AK -47, has died at the ripe old age of 94. At the age of 91 he found god and got himself baptised. Just in time, as he wondered and wrote to Kirill I of Moscow, the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church: “I keep having the same unsolved question: if my rifle claimed people's lives, then can it be that I... a Christian and an Orthodox believer, was to blame for their deaths?"
Fortunately, the Church came to his rescue with the following response: “The Church has a very definite position: when weapons serve to protect the Fatherland, the Church supports both its creators and the soldiers who use it."
Like his colleagues, be they priests, rabbis or imams, Kirill knows his role in society, which includes lending his support to the use of weapons.
The small problem is that everyone has a different fatherland and thus more than 100 million Kalashnikovs have been sold by Russia worldwide.