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An exhibition at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, 2012 – 2018

The weapons

Weapons

Ingress för att beskriva innovationen

The weapons

Pistols from the collections of the National Museum of Science and Technology. TM129. Photo: Ellinor Algin.

Weapons

Cover of Nordenfelt on machine guns by Thorsten Nordenfelt that came out in 1884. TM960. Photo: Ellinor Algin.

Kort fakta om innovationen

Kort fakta (2) om innovationen

Rubrik för små genier

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Weapons

Weapons have been found in most cultures, even monkeys use them. In ancient times, biological warfare was practised. Plague-stricken corpses were placed in besieged towns. In Europe the first rifle and cannons appeared at the end of the 1300s, when gunpowder came from China.

Bombing raids have claimed the lives of millions of civilian victims during the Second World War. Landmines kill and maim 20,000 adults and children every year.

In 1945 the USA dropped two atom bombs on Japan. Approximately 200,000 people died. The world would never view war and weapons in the same way again.

In Sweden you can apply for a weapon license. In 2007 there were a total of 2,123,000 legal weapons in Sweden. The Swedish National Police Board estimates there are about 40,000 illegal weapons.

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