State Department Nominee Is An Anti-gun Radical

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Vote Coming to Confirm Anti-gun Radical 
— “Guns Kill Civil Society,” says State Department Nominee 

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert 
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151 
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408 
http://www.gunowners.org 

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a Wednesday vote on a 
State Department nominee who supports gun control on a global scale. 

While advocates of the Second Amendment have come to expect that 
appointees of President Barack Obama would be hostile to the rights of 
gun owners, the president’s nominee for legal advisor to the State 
Department reaches a whole new level of anti-gun extremism. 

Harold Hongju Koh, who served at the State Department under the Clinton 
administration, is a self-described “trans-nationalist” who 
believes 
that our laws — and our Constitution — should be brought into 
conformity with international agreements. 

“If you want to be in the global environment, you have to play by the 
global rules,” Koh told a Cleveland audience. 

Koh’s positions treat our constitutional law as if it were a mere local 
ordinance on the greater world stage. This is of particular concern to 
gun owners at a time when the U.S. Congress is under pressure from 
President Obama to ratify an international gun control treaty with 
countries in the western hemisphere.  That treaty, known by its Spanish 
acronym CIFTA, would likely serve as a forerunner to a more extensive 
United Nations initiative, the “Program of Action to Prevent, Combat and 
Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in all its 
Aspects.” 

The Bush administration, under the leadership of UN Ambassador John 
Bolton, rejected the small arms treaty.  Bolton plainly told the world 
that the United States will not accept a gun control document that 
violates our Constitutional right to bear arms.  Harold Koh commented 
that Bolton was being “needlessly provocative.” 

In a paper entitled “A world drowning in guns,” Koh maintains 
that a 
civil society cannot exist with broad gun ownership: “Guns kill civil 
society,” he said. 

Koh is eager to assume his post at the State Department, having lamented 
that there is only so much that can be done from the outside to push gun 
control treaties, and that ultimately we need people like him in 
positions of power.  The chief lawyer for the State Department is just 
the position someone like him needs to put his agenda into play. 

While Koh’s nomination has been delayed largely because of Second 
Amendment concerns, Sen. Reid plans to force a vote this week. 

It is imperative that gun owners contact their Senators and insist that 
they vote AGAINST this anti-gun extremist. 

ACTION:  Please contact your Senators immediately and urge them to 
oppose Harold Hongju Koh’s nomination to the State Department.  You can 
use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at 
http://gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Senators the pre-written 
message below. 


—– Pre-written letter —– 

Dear Senator: 

The Senate is expected to soon vote on a State Department nominee who 
supports gun control on a global scale. 

Harold Hongju Koh, who served at the State Department under the Clinton 
administration, is a self-described “trans-nationalist” who 
believes 
that our laws — and our Constitution — should be brought into 
conformity with international agreements. 

According to Koh, “If you want to be in the global environment, you have 
to play by the global rules.”  Well, I don’t support global rules that 
contradict our own Constitution. 

Koh supports international gun control treaties such as the United 
Nations initiative entitles the “Program of Action to Prevent, Combat 
and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in all 
its Aspects.” 

When former UN Ambassador John Bolton told the world that the United 
States will not accept a gun control document that violates our 
Constitutional right to bear arms, Harold Koh commented that Bolton was 
being “needlessly provocative.” 

And in a 2003 Fordham Law Review article entitled “A world drowning in 
guns,” Koh maintains that a civil society cannot exist with broad gun 
ownership: “Guns kill civil society,” he wrote. 

I urge you to reject this trans-nationalist, anti-gun extremist who 
would place foreign laws and international agreements on equal footing 
(at minimum) with the U.S. Constitution. 

Sincerely,

(your name)

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