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Re: “Brit wit John Oliver offers satiric spin on U.S. politics

What is not true, is that Australia has had no mass shootings since 1996. It had a mass shooting in 2002... the first in a school. New Zealand - which did not ban semi automatic rifles (including military style) and ditched its system of gun registration as it was a waste of money, has had none.

Of course you might say why stop at 1997 and then cite a decline... Why not look back, and you'd see the declining trend in gun homicides since before 1990.

What was the comparative rate of gun deaths in the US and Australia prior to 1996? I can say from a statistical perspective, unremarkably different to what it is now.... and I can say from my own observation, drive by shootings are up, other criminal activity with guns is up.

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Posted by Leigh Nunn on 11/24/2013 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Brit wit John Oliver offers satiric spin on U.S. politics

It's true that gun homicides in Australia increased in 1997. But why stop in 1997? Maybe because since enacting gun control laws, Australia's firearm homicide rate has fallen by 59 percent, and the firearm suicide rate has fallen by 65 percent.…

Since 1996 Australia has had no mass shootings. The US had had more than 50.…

Turns out that it's not a people problem, it's a people-who-oppose-gun-regulation problem.

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Posted by patmoran on 11/21/2013 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Brit wit John Oliver offers satiric spin on U.S. politics

There were more gun homicides in Australia, in 1997 - one year after the ban, than in the 3 years prior to 1996. We have drive by shootings almost daily in Sydney, and in parts of the Northern state of QLD. WE've had gang shootouts in shopping malls, in the CBD of Melbourne, and in a café in Adelaide. We've had cops, gangsters shot with AR-15s. Drug dealers with home made sub machineguns made by machinists with craftsmanship that would be the envy of many a US gun manufacturer. Criminals imported 220 glock handguns through the federal post system. Australian gun laws worked no better than New Zealand's - who also had a massacre about the same time, yet they didnt take semi automatic rifles off the shelves, just made sure that those that got them, were the right people. Turns out, it wasnt a gun problem... it was a people problem.

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Posted by Leigh Nunn on 11/20/2013 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Pretty and precious to distorted and creepy

So lovely. Wish you could have posted more pics.

Posted by Floyd Clyne on 11/14/2013 at 8:21 PM

Re: “A Cock-a-doodle wakeup call

just because of the name is worth seeing! good article will check it out next week.

Posted by CLTguy on 11/14/2013 at 4:28 PM

Re: “A Cock-a-doodle wakeup call

Saw this show an loved it! QCTC has done it again!

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Posted by Jayne on 11/12/2013 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Moving Poets back

Had great time at Friday evening show. I did not see Moving Poets when they were in Charlotte previously but glad they came back. Wonderful dancing and I enjoyed the music selections on all three pieces. It was also quite interesting to see live painting being done during "Contact". I hope there will be another show in 2014.

Posted by JPGR on 11/07/2013 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Moving Poets back

Wonderful blend of music, dance and visual art. Excellent choreography and performances by all dancers, my favorite piece was "The Left Foot Smile".

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Posted by CLTMIN2013 on 11/05/2013 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Girls will be boys in The Androgynous Model

So will there be a show or what? Only information I got from this is Nov 16 on corner of Trade and Tryon. What time? What venue? Is it outside? What's the cover?

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Posted by Toni Moore on 11/01/2013 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Girls will be boys in The Androgynous Model

I'm not a politically correct white guy (use of label for effect), but I hope we are only labeling this "style" and not the beautiful ladies who make this a fashion choice.
The look is great !

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Posted by Backatcha on 11/01/2013 at 7:18 AM

Re: “Girls will be boys in The Androgynous Model

I really enjoyed watching this presentation of a great movement. The ladies were interesting and I feel that once they are tuned up it's going to be on. I love fashion as well as makeup and I have had lots of experience with both. In 1990 I was hired to travel to Europe to take over as an wardrobe Assistant for Scalia for the large cast of Westside Story. I was hired to handle all costumes for the cast each and every night. I went to Switzerland, Germany, London, Paris and Vienna.

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Posted by Sexycougar62 on 10/30/2013 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Macbeth: West Side Scotland

This "rag" and its critic have done more to sustain and promote theater in Charlotte and surrounding areas than any other single force in the city -- including the MTA (no insult intended). His opinions are his own, but his expertise is usually well-honed and on the mark. If one's skin is too thin to have their mediocrity pointed out, maybe they shouldn't submit the paying public to their mediocrity. And friends of the artists are doing their pals no favors by attacking the messenger, because maybe the criticisms need to be heard for your affronted artists to grow. But CL and Perry deserve your respect, even if you disagree with his opinions. Perry sees everything he can, stuff no one else covering the arts in this area would ever take in. He goes in hoping to be wowed, with an open mind to any -- and I mean ANY -- half-baked off-kilter take on any genre of show. Maybe your show didn't get where it wanted to go. Maybe an actor had a bad show. Maybe the concept was rushed and ill-conceived. Maybe not. Perry just writes what he sees. Maybe he saw what you didn't want him to. Just say thank you for the support and do better. And smile a little. Everyone gets a bad review.

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Posted by Carver Johns on 10/19/2013 at 1:40 AM

Re: “Theater review: Fat Pig

This show was so good I'm sending my friends to go see it as well!

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Posted by Tamizander Rey on 10/16/2013 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Q.C. Fringe Festival brings out the freaks

Much love to all!

Posted by Colby Davis on 10/10/2013 at 1:04 AM

Re: “Fringe takes over three Charlotte neighborhoods

yeah,who is biff?

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Posted by Colby Davis on 10/10/2013 at 1:03 AM

Re: “Fringe takes over three Charlotte neighborhoods

And Your contribution Biff?

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Posted by Chris O'Neill on 10/07/2013 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Fringe takes over three Charlotte neighborhoods

Calling this a 'Fringe Theater and New Play Festival" is well, a joke. How about a "handful of previously performed in town plays and several dozen people that are brave enough to call themselves comedians Festival? Awful and embarassing when compared to actual, real and legit Fringe Festivals.

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Posted by Biff Leveridge on 10/05/2013 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Charlotte Book Fair expands perspectives on literacy

My friends in the Charlotte NC area, check out the The Second Annual Charlotte Book Fair @ The Wadsworth Estate on Sat., Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Posted by Troy Johnson on 10/03/2013 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Theater review: Recent Tragic Events

Great show. Glad to see some new blood onstage. Next step: Now retire that old red Leather Couch. Its been in way too many CAST productions.

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Posted by Lettie Dingel on 09/20/2013 at 5:12 PM

Re: “In the streets: Brass Connection

I feel that they are not loyal people. I know for a fact that the steal others intruments and either play them or sell them. They break into people's cars and damage their personal belongings. They have been doing this for a while and this is not fair to those who use their instruments for good purposes. They should not have the privilage to play down town at all. They sound horrible and they are getting people's money instead of making an honest living. I know that once of the members has been arrested twice. They should not be downtown at anytime playing anything. Its sad to know that people work everyday and for those to steal them and play like they are innocent. I agree with the individual who wrote the review above. We can do with out them. They have this ignorant attitude like they are band members of Earth Wind and Fire or apart of the Gap band or something. They need a permit to be on these streets or something. They are terrible. And the band mangaer has many Alias.. whoa... smh.. too shady to post his real name. We all know who he is. oh well.. you have the man to answer to on judgement day for your actions.****PLEASE WATCH YOUR CARS*****

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Posted by Songtress Butterfly on 09/12/2013 at 10:20 AM

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