The apologists for the weapons industry demonstrate their intellectual bankruptcy by regularly contradicting themselves with a straight face.
Despite the suspect's initial claims that he had been hungry and acting purely out of self-interest when he held up a Paris-bound train last Friday, the French government is now officially investigating the foiled attempt by 26-year-old Moroccan gunman Ayoub El-Khazzani as a terrorist act.
Mikhail Kalashnikov is dead 64 years after creating the AK-47, a gun so simple, cheap and effective, it continues to be the weapon of choice for the world's killers.
Much has been made about Mexico's deadly drug war and the potential for violence to spill across the border, but it is less often reported that American guns make that war go. Over the weekend, police in Laredo, Texas, seized 147 AK-47 rifles and 10,000 rounds of ammunition en route to Mexico.
How exactly do some 190,000 pistols and AK-47 rifles go missing? That's the mystery the Pentagon is facing, according to the Government Accountability Office, which estimates that the U.S. military can't account for 30 percent of the arms given to Iraqi security forces to help "spread democracy" since 2004.