For three blood seeking nights, a small group of about 12 young but highly-trained Islamic militants trained purportedly by the Lashkar-e-taiba managed to transform India's economic capital, Mumbai into a war zone, killing randomly at will and hunting foreign hostages while holding off crack commandos of the NSG, the Indian Military and the Mumbai Police. The "young boys" struck two luxury hotels frequented by Americans and British nationals, the Taj Mahal Hotel and the Oberoi Trident Hotel as well as the city's largest train station, the Metro Theater and the Cama Hospital with automatic Ak-47 rifles, grenades and a couple of Kg's of RDX
Little did the Russian brain child of the AK-47, Kalashnikov's automatic - Mikhail Kalashinov realize that the assault rifle due to its durability, low production cost and ease of use would become the ultimate killing machine in the world - so much, so that more AK-type rifles have been produced than all other assault rifles combined and is basically assembled and produced in all countries (Read: Poor countries). After the Soviet backed out from Afghanistan, the Soviet Army left huge quantities of AK-47's which were then eventually used in the civil war between Taliban and Northern Alliance and were also exported to Pakistan. The gun is now also made in Pakistan's semi-autonomous areas and is widely used in South Africa. Behind the busy garland-makers market in Pakistan they say there stands a row of gun shops where racks of Pakistani-made AK-47 assault rifles, await buyers at 7000 - 9000 rupees ($ 140 - $180) a piece depending upon the age and scratches on the gun. The heavy trafficking in Ak-47 along the Uganda, Sudan and Kenya borders is so booming that the cost of AK-47 assault rifle has dropped from 10 cows in 1986 to two cows today.
The origins of the human weapon use can be traced back to primates hurling rocks. No one clearly knows when the world's first slingshot was invented. Perfecting the art of hunting for their suppers, our forefathers must have graduated fairly quickly to shaped stone weapons, like arrowheads, and other lithic tools. The story could go on from there with the invention of firearms, bombs and so on, but then things get pretty frightful and dismaying with the invention of nuclear bombs. It sometimes surprises me to note that the arms and weapons race must have begun with some of our pissed off forefather tossing a stone to kill and eat.
Now, why do we need weapons? Read: Why WE? We now live in the hi-tech era where all wild animals are contained in modern zoos and specialized parks. The nations are no longer in the business of conquering and making kingdoms and hence need no weapons of mass destructions. Is it not feasible for a body like United Nations which is a global association of governments facilitating cooperation in international law and security to ban all new production of any kind of weapons by any country and start the destruction in a phased manner of all the existing handguns, rifles, shotguns, AK-47's and of course all those grenades, fighter planes, warships and everything existing under the sky built for combat? When there is no new production and all existing weapons removed from the planet, what do people fight with? My best guess is the thorn on a rose stump!! An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.