The point is politics, not whether the AK is a good gun.
This video counters media reports of the devastating power of the AK-47 by comparing it against other common rifles -- and a shotgun.
Summary quote: "There was no grenade in that watermelon!"
The late Neal Knox of The Firearms Coalition made this with Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America back in 1989. The production values are about what you'd expect -- VHS video was a new thing then.
Yet we still hear from the dominant media how powerful the AK-47 is and from the gun prohibitionists who tell us that this rifle is too powerful for civilian hands. Is it really? Watch the video and make up your own mind.