M2002.131.165.1-2 | Evolution of Weapons Through the Ages

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Montage, cartoon
Evolution of Weapons Through the Ages
Serge Chapleau
2001, 21st century
Toner on paper - Computer graphic
29.7 x 41.9 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Montage (computer drawing) (327) , politics (10928)
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"This cartoon was drawn the day after the attacks of September 11, 2001."

Serge Chapleau

  • What

    Since the attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, airline passengers can no longer carry on board anything that might be used as a weapon. All sharp implements, including razor blades and exacto knives, are strictly prohibited. They are considered to be weapons just like knives... or firearms.

  • Where

    The security measures adopted in the United States and subsequently by most countries in the world have led to longer boarding times at airports everywhere.

  • When

    The September 11, 2001, attacks prompted the tightening of security measures. The American government adopted a series of laws aimed at improving security against terrorists; some observers consider that these laws curtail fundamental liberties.

  • Who

    Terrorist organizations don't need sophisticated weapons to create panic in an airplane or to force the pilots to give up control of it. But the absurdity is that ordinary citizens can now find themselves accused of criminal conduct for simple possession of a tiny knife.