This phrase has been used to justify wars and has been used to erode liberty in this country to the point that we are now a de facto police state, and yet their is no real definition of what makes a particular weapon a "weapon of mass destruction".
Before this term came into use in political circles the phrase used was "NBC Weapons" for Nuclear-Biological-Chemical weapons. This term is precise. Mustard gas is a chemical weapon. Anthrax is a biological weapon. Anything radioactive is a nuclear weapon (fission, fusion of "dirty bomb".
"Weapon of mass destruction" is vague and I would like someone to give me a precise definition. Does any bomb qualify? What about a hand grenade? Does the weapon have to cause a certain amount of property damage, destroy a certain physical area, and/or kill/maim x number of people?
If you plant a bomb and it kills 27 people, is that a "WMD"? What about a bomb that kills 69 people? What if it just injures 242 people?
This is now a legal term, lets have some specifics please.