A Manly woman is being treated for shock and hurt feelings, as a social media post went horribly wrong.
Saffron Harrison, 26, was admitted to hospital seeking psychiatric treatment last night after her lengthy Facebook tirade about gun control in the United States was savagely criticised, leading her to delete both the post and her trip to the US.
Harrison, who was emotionally spent from posting on Kristina Kenneally’s page telling the NRA to “butt out of Australia” the week before, took to Facebook to let her thoughts known in the wake of two shootings.
In addition to sharing a link from the Sydney Morning Herald, this is what Harrison had to say:
“Thoughts and prayers going to fix this again America? Speaking as an Australian, I think it’s time Americans fixed their bloody gun laws like we did. This is the only place in the world that this actually happens. These rapid fire semi-automatic assault rifles are weapons of war and no-one needs them. Give me one bloody good reason you bloody rednecks need one other than to compensate for your tiny penis!! You care about your bloody guns more than your bloody kids’ lives!! Fighting back against the government is a total fantasy when the government has tanks and planes. Give up your bloody guns already!”
Donald Trump was also not spared:
“Drumpf is clearly in bed with NRA. The Cheeto cares more about locking kids up in cages than he does about their lives! I’m so glad I live in Australia!”
However, several American commenters took exception to
Harrison’s public post and responded in kind.
Here’s some of what Harrison was subjected to:
“There’s no such thing as rapid fire semi-automatic
assault weapons. At least know something about firearms before you critique
“Per capita murder has dropped nearly 49% since the 1980’s while there are now over 400 million guns, but according to the media it’s a total war zone over here.”
“Trump is a dictator that locks people in cages at the border but you support his red flag laws so he can have all the guns? Lol ok then.”
“You don’t believe in a second amendment because fighting back against government tyranny is a fantasy. So, you think the citizens of Hong Kong should just lie down and die as the Chinese PLA goes Tiananmen 2.0 on their ass?”
“Over 22,000 pieces
of legislation at the federal, state and county level but apparently we haven’t
done enough to regulate firearms. Good one Saffron.”
“Rights are not about need and need is an authoritarian argument. We don’t care what you think of our rights, convict, because you guys can’t even speak freely.”
“It was horrible. No-one should have to experience differing points of view,” Harrison said.
“All I wanted some fast validation from my friends and what I got was destroyed.”
Harrison, who states she doesn’t know what the gun laws are but ‘heard they are pretty bad’, has suffered more than just a bruised ego. The backlash has prompted her to cancel her upcoming speaking tour on gun control in California and New York.
“Everything’s been really stressful. I have had to reschedule and go to Europe for 5 weeks on a holiday instead. Mum and Dad were kind enough to say I don’t have to pay the money back.”
Boyfriend Ben Davies was cathartic but honest about the incident.
“I think her problem was that she wasn’t being patronising or condescending enough,” Davies said.
“She was already on the back foot not having any firearms experience or subject matter knowledge. Often you can mask that with appeals to emotion and vacuous moralising, but she needs to work on those.”
“She needs to go with more than a snarky ‘thought and prayers’ because it’s not really edgy or original and frankly just makes you sound like a dickhead.”
AFP Superintendent Chris Roberts urged caution on social media and that being an ultracrepidarian isn’t for everyone.
“Australians are well-known for their patronising lectures of American culture. There’s a time and place for them but the public need to understand the risks of airing completely shit opinions online.”