Texas Review of Law & Politics

Texas Review of Law & Politics is a magazine focusing on Law

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 1, Fall

Citizens in Arms: The Swiss Experience
I. INTRODUCTION: THE CULTURAL EXPERIENCEZurich, Switzerland's largest city, has two unique holidays: Sechselauten (Spring festival) and Knabenschiessm (boys' shooting contest), which takes place on the second weekend of September every year.1 Dating...
Global Deaths from Firearms: Searching for Plausible Estimates
I. INTRODUCTIONAdvocates of firearms prohibition and other restrictive laws often state that every year around the world, five hundred thousand people are killed by small arms and light weapons (SALW)-most of which are owned by civilians.1 According...
International Law and the Liberation of Iraq
The continuing struggle to bring prosperity and freedom to Iraq presents serious diplomatic and practical difficulties for Coalition Forces, the Coalition Provisional Authority, and the international community alike. The reconstruction effort also raises...
Lessons of History: Firearms Regulation and the Reduction of Crime
I. INTRODUCTIONThe headline, splashed across The Sunday Times of London on its first edition of 2003, read, "Silenced by the Rule of the Gun." The photo beneath showed four young gang members posing proudly with their illegal firearms.1 Flamboyant, yes,...
Let There Be Justice: A Thomistic Assessment of Utilitarianism and Libertarianism
I. INTRODUCTIONThroughout the pages of human history, philosophers have arduously endeavored to formulate a comprehensive theory of justice that explains the proper relationship between individuals and society, as well as the proper relationship of individuals...
Peaceful Arms: Hunting and Sport Shooting
I. INTRODUCTIONWe cannot but pity the boy who has never fired a gun; he is no more humane, while his education is sadly neglected.-Henry David Thoreau1Of all the tools that man has made, weapons are among the most basic and important. Without weapons,...
Preface
The world has changed much in the past few months. The Supreme Court upheld the use of race as a factor in admissions in higher education for the purpose of diversity. We captured Saddam Hussein. The struggle of gun control continues as governments around...
Restoring Our Broken Judicial Confirmation Process
I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.-Margaret Thatcher1It is a great honor to be the first Texan on the U.S. Senate...
Take Obstructionism out of the Judicial Nominations Confirmation Process
I. INTRODUCTIONThe judicial nomination process was not always a study in political obstructionism. For much of this country's history, judges nominated by the President were confirmed based on their experience, qualifications, and integrity, rather than...
The Pledge of Allegiance and the Limited State
I. INTRODUCTIONFor students and observers of American church-state relations, the last week of June 2002 was eventful. The Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling about government aid to religious education, holding in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris that the...
The Trojan Doctrine: Trademarks and the Law of the Horse
Trademark law desperately needs the Trojan Doctrine. Rather than defining the doctrine, I begin with an illustration. Magellan's Travel (former slogan: "Safe Travel Begins at Magellan's") specializes in books and equipment for travelers. Magellan was...
Two Hundred Ninety-Four Months and Counting?1
Two HUNDRED NINETY-FOUR MONTHS AND COUNTING?1 NO EXCUSES: CLOSING THE RACIAL GAP IN LEARNING. Abigail Thernstrom & Stephan Thernstrom. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2003. Pp. xv, 334. $26.00.I. INTRODUCTIONAbigail and Stephan Thernstrom's first massive...