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Sign: Take nuclear weapons off hair trigger alert

Peace and Social JusticeLydia SullivanComment

Hair trigger alert nuclear weapons are a danger to us all. One person should not have the power to launch a nuclear war.

On January 24, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, which would prohibit the president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress

Please sign this petition to urge your members of Congress to reduce the chance nuclear weapons will ever be used.

The bill, supported by former Secretary of Defense William Perry, would make America and the world safer by prohibiting the president from conducting a strike with nuclear weapons unless specifically authorized by Congress, except in response to a nuclear attack.

In December, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted, "The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes." He followed up in another interview with, "Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all."

In 1974, President Richard Nixon famously said, "I can go into my office and pick up the telephone, and in 25 minutes 70 million people will be dead." Once nuclear missiles are launched, they cannot be recalled. Fortunately, there is something you can do to restrict the president's power to do this.

 

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