Imagine having a bomb dropped in El Dorado Hills and you are the only one that survived. You get up from the rubble that used to be your house, ash falling from the sky and realize your old life is over. This could be reality in the near future. It poses a very real threat to citizens around the world/U.S. especially living on the west coast and receiving threats from other countries. We should work to ban nuclear weapons in our nation and throughout the whole world. There have been many feuds and attacks that could have been avoided in the past if these bombs were never brought into fruition. Since the creation of the first atomic bomb till the present, many nations have the power to end the world.
During World War II, lots of countries started making advances in nuclear technology. Fear centered around the Nazi’s, the main aggressor of the war, having scientist capable of creating big bombs. The terror caused countries to make their own weapons for protection and to destroy their enemies. An example was when America completely annihilated Hiroshima and Nagasaki as retaliation for attacking us soldiers in Pearl Harbor. The “effects of the atomic bombings killed 90,000–146,000 people in Hiroshima and 39,000–80,000 people in Nagasaki” (wikipedia.org). This amount of demise, even in spite of revenge in completely unnecessary.
The first atomic bomb was put into action in the small city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. A city created in 1942, solely for the purpose of creating a weapon of mass destruction. The operation was named the Manhattan Project – a massive American, British, and Canadian operation. The location was very secluded and had a low population so it kept the project a secure secret. Over time Oak Ridge’s workload increased, which meant more land used, more employees, towns to hold them all, and led to a population around 70,000. To increase work proficiency the plant was split to another location, Los Alamos, New Mexico. Overall, the project “employed over 120,000 Americans” (ushistory.org). An enormous inflation from the launch of the project. “After the final bill was tallied, nearly $2 billion had been spent on research and development of the atomic bomb” (ushistory.com). A very large sum, however, the task was indeed successful. The final product/weapon was nicknamed “Gadget” and had a monstrous detonation in the desert of New Mexico.
Countries all over the world have weapons of mass destruction. Nine nations have atomic weapons — the United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France,- China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea — possess approximately 16,300 nuclear weapons in total. North Korea posing the biggest threat currently. The country is constantly showing there atomic power by testing countless missiles and driving the bombs down their streets during parades. We, as Americans, need to stay cautious because it was been reported that North Korea have bombs that can reach the west coast. This is scary because it seems that Kim Jong Un is not afraid to start a war. We receive countless threats from North Korea and even though we haven’t been bombed yet, thankfully, they are not to be taken lightly.
Bombs of this capacity are too dangerous to be used in this world. The Earth is already degrading from the overconsumption of resources and mass pollution. We as a species cannot survive if there is an atomic war. There needs to be an immediate stop to the production of Atomic weapons because innocent lives should not be put in danger and Earth can’t sustain that level of destruction.
Article by Jackson Slaughter & Video by Kashtin Holly
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