Weapons Of Mass Destruction Essay

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Colin J. McAtee
Mrs. Harkins
15 May 2014

The United States should limit the weapons of mass destruction in other countries because they are a threat not only to us and our allies, but to the world at large.
What is a Weapon of Mass Destruction?
According the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s webpage, Weapons of Mass Destruction are defined under the United States of America Law as:
Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) are defined in US law (18 USC §2332a) as:
“(A) any destructive device as defined in section 921 of this title (i.e. explosive device);
(B) any weapon that is designed or intended to cause death or serious bodily injury through the release, dissemination, or impact of toxic or poisonous chemicals, or their precursors;
(C) any weapon involving a biological agent, toxin, or vector (as those terms are defined in section 178 of this title)
(D) any weapon that is designed to release radiation or radioactivity at a level dangerous to human life.”
What is means is that any weapons that are explosive in nature (i.e. grenade, rocket propelled grenade, bomb, rocket, mine), any weapons other than a shotgun or shotgun shell approved by the attorney general to be suitable for sporting purposes that have a bore of greater than 0.5” are considered Weapons of Mass Destruction under United States Law. It also refers to weapons that use chemicals to cause serious bodily harm or even death (i.e. sarin, VX, mustard gas), any weapon that use a living virus or bacteria to cause bodily harm or death (i.e. Anthrax), and finally nuclear weapons that emit and/or release radiation or radioactive levels dangerous to human life (“What Are Weapons of Mass Destruction”), are all considered weapons of mass destruction. Although, w...

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