Too Many Nuclear Weapons
Nuclear weapons (a.k.a. nukes) are one of the most deadliest weapons of mass destruction ever created. Currently, there are an estimated 27,000 nuclear weapons still in existence of which about 26,000 nuclear weapons belong to the United States of America and Russia. Roughly half of these nuclear weapons are active (rather than in storage) and ready to be used within 15 minutes.
Now keep in mind, that it would only take roughly 300 nuclear weapons to completely wipe out every major city in the world. It has been estimated that it would only take about 2,000 nuclear weapons to kill every human being on the planet, that is including the explosions, firestorms, radioactive fallout, and nuclear winter.
Why are there so many nuclear weapons? What purpose would the United States of America and Russia each having more than enough nuclear weapons to kill the entire human race several times? Originally, this was a nuclear deterrent between the Soviet Union and the United States. However, when the Soviet Union collapsed and Russia took over the Soviet nuclear weapons, the United States and Russia no longer remotely considered each other as enemies. Yet both countries are still in active readiness with thousands of nuclear weapons pointing at each other.
There appears to be not much awareness in the general public of the shear overkill of nuclear weapons between the United States of America and Russia, who are not even enemies. One possible method of addressing this issue is to have our leaders pressure these countries to diminish their number of nuclear weapons to more logical and practical quantity.
The second step would be to pressure all the countries with nuclear weapons (see below) for dismantling all of their nukes. This can be done by asking these countries if they are under any real nuclear threats from other countries that they need nuclear weapons. Are they ever planning on using their nuclear weapons? If not, then why do they even have nuclear weapons? It is now much more likely to have a nuclear weapon detonate because of terrorism, military accidents, or political misunderstandings than warfare. Is this worth the risk?
Confirmed Countries with Nuclear Weapons:
- Israel (undeclared)
- North Korea
- People's Republic of China
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
by Phil B.