Harold Koh, a former Clinton Administration official, who is a well-known anti-gun advocate and who supports international firearms control efforts, is scheduled for a vote Wednesday in the Senate. If confirmed, Koh would become the State Department Legal Advisor. He then would be in a position to significantly influence diplomatic efforts to strengthen the power of international organizations such as the United Nations to become involved in U.S. domestic matters, including Second Amendment-related issues.
For example, as the nation’s top international lawyer, Koh would be able to push for the United States to adopt the “Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials,” know by its shorthand, “CIFTA.” This treaty, which President Obama supports, would among other troubling provisions, mandate the marking and tracking of all firearms. It would require the U.S. to “standardize national laws” on firearms and ammunition in order to track and regulate international sales and brokering of firearms.
On a broader level, Koh is a vocal advocate for what he calls “transnational jurisprudence,” meaning the use of laws and court decisions in other countries as a basis on which to determine domestic laws and court decisions.
While I frequently disagreed with policies and decisions by the former Bush Administration regarding both domestic and international matters, at least it never formally bought into such nonsensical, and constitutionally-defective reasoning as advocating “transnational jurisprudence,” especially when it came to such fundamental rights as those guaranteed in the Second Amendment and the other provisions in our Bill of Rights. Koh, and people like him who are now assuming positions of influcence in the Obama Administration, represent a truly dangerous change in fundamental policies and constitutional thought in America.