Dear President Obama, please get rid of nuclear weapons


The following letter was sent to President Barack Obama on April 23, 2010 by a Chicago high school student.

Dear President Barack Obama,

I heard from my parents that on May 1  countries are having a meeting at the United Nations about if they should disable the nuclear weapons. So I would like to tell you how I fell about it.

I'm a teenager, 14-years-old, and as we get older we should get worried about things that would effect the future, but I'm not worried about the nuclear weapons...I'm afraid of them.

I'm afraid of the nuclear weapons.

I'm afraid that there will be no future.

I'm afraid that half the world will be destroyed by nuclear bombs.

I'm afraid that a war will come for some silly reason and millions of people will die.

This is what I fear...war, bombs, nuclear ... death.

I just want a future and so do a whole bunch of children and teenagers like me.

I want to have a job, start a family and get married and have a life when I get older.

I want life and light in the sky, not a world that's consumed with darkness and death.

Also a reason you shouldn't have nuclear weapons, you could have saved a lot of money. Think of how that saved money could help the economy and environment. It could fix some jobs and you can make environment-safe technology.

With all that money, you could save it in you budget, instead of using it for making nuclear weapons. If you could listen to my reasons and really convince the other leaders from the countries to disable nuclear weapons then I don't have to be afraid, and I will see a bright future for the next generation.

From a teenager in Chicago,

Winona Albano Bachtell

Photo: An artist's rendering of a nuclear winter. / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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  • Well I don't think we (as the U.S.) should get 'rid' of them. Maybe just cut down our supply of the nuclear weapons. I agree with you that we can save money, seeing as we spen around $20 billion on them a year. We have about 5,100 nuclear weapons, far more than any other country. I agree with you, and I know I am like 3 years late but....yeah.

    Posted by , 02/21/2013 12:12pm (3 years ago)

  • Hello Im sorry I have to disagree and you dont understand
    if we get rid of nuclear weapons countries like North Korea ect. will think we are weak. It will make us look defenceless and they will nuke us all im saying is we need them and i personly sleep soundly thinking we will never get rid of them. But if we do i wont sleep soundly. Also do you think takeing them apart will solve the problem? No it wont because they still detonate them not sell the parts and sorry to brake it to you till the day we both die there will still be nukes in our world and im telling you my opinion im not trolling or anything like that but i think they will never get rid of them.

    Posted by unknown, 10/27/2011 3:38pm (4 years ago)

  • Keep speaking out!
    All else dosen't matter if humankind is no more.
    It is the younger generations future to fight to stop this madness

    Posted by Red Grandad, 05/02/2010 6:20am (6 years ago)

  • I hope the president answers your letter with a resounding "Yes, we can get rid of nuclear weapons!"

    Posted by Terrie , 04/28/2010 9:42pm (6 years ago)

  • I agree with you Winona. You hit the nail on the head.

    Posted by Bobbie, 04/28/2010 10:22am (6 years ago)

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