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    http://gunowners.org/a062309.htm

    Please take 10 seconds and click on this link "Gun Owners Legislative Action Center" to send an email to your Senator...

    Vote Coming to Confirm Anti-gun Radical

    -- "Guns Kill Civil Society," says State Department Nominee
    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 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,

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    Just sent my e-mail to state dept. via GOA website. Thanks for the heads up on this action.

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    Sent! Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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    Here is Kay Hagan's emailed response. Go figure...

    Dear Friend,
    Thank you for contacting me regarding the nomination of Harold Hongju Koh. I greatly appreciate hearing your thoughts on this important nomination.
    On March 23, 2009, President Obama announced several potential appointees for key positions in his Administration. Among them was the nomination of Harold Koh to be the Legal Adviser for the U.S. Department of State. In this position, Mr. Koh will provide legal advice on domestic and international affairs, and will assist the Department in formulating and implementing the foreign policies of the United States and promoting the development of international law. Mr. Koh's nomination was approved by the full Senate on June 25th.

    Mr. Koh has served as Dean of the Yale Law School since 2004, and is a renowned expert on international law, national security law, and human rights. Mr. Koh previously served the federal government under both Democratic and Republican Administrations -- as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 1998-2001 under President Clinton, and as Attorney-Adviser for the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1983-1985 under President Reagan.

    Based on Mr. Koh's distinguished experience in international law, I believe he is well qualified to serve as Legal Adviser for the State Department and I supported his confirmation. I believe he will serve the State Department and the nation well.
    Again, thank you for contacting my office. It is truly an honor to represent North Carolina in the United States Senate, and I hope you will not hesitate to contact me in the future should you have any further questions or concerns.

    Sincerely,

    Kay R. Hagan
    United States Senator, North Carolina


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    Yeah, I got the same response. I will help show her the door next election round.

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    Damn, and I thought that was a personalized message. I was feeling special for a minute there...J/K I think I just threw up in my mouth a little...Where is the barf emoticon??? She won't get a vote from me...I didn't vote for her in the last election anyway...

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