TDB was on this when it happened, Newshub pick up this latest nasty Twitter schism today…
National leader Judith Collins has spoken up for a columnist who was stripped of her guns over a tweet police considered to be “threatening”.
Rachel Stewart, who has written for Stuff and NZ Herald, lashed out on Twitter in May amid debate over Speak Up For Women, a group opposed to gender self-identification, being blocked from hosting a speaking event in Christchurch.
The discourse online became heated, with transgender activists lashing out at Speak Up For Women supporters like Stewart, and vice versa.
Stewart, in response to Speak Up For Women supporters being labelled “grubs” on Twitter by an advocate who accused them of being anti-transgender, responded with a tweet that police considered to be threatening.
“Is it wrong that the country girl in me wants to invite my gun-toting sisters over, strip this wee f***er naked, let him loose in the back paddock, jump on the tray of the ute, and hunt him down with spotlights while whooping & hollering & drinking?”
Stewart posted screenshots showing that Twitter did not take action. Police did take action, however, after receiving a complaint. Stewart said two officers showed up at her home and removed her firearms, licence and ammunition.
In the notice of suspension Stewart posted online, police said they “consider threatening any form of violence against a person and exhibiting any form of hatred, as well as non-compliance with the Arms Act 1983, to be inconsistent with the criteria of a fit and proper person”.
…this police harassment of Rachel matters and watching so many woke left who I’ve previously respected gloating over the Police harassing Rachel has been as ugly as watching the same people so proud of themselves for attempting to pre-censor a movie none of them had seen.
This matters because there is a growing suspicion among many New Zealanders that the second the Woke have their new Hate Speech laws, they will unleash a wave of complaints from everyone whose opinion they don’t like.
Which is what is happening here with Rachel. To pretend that her tweet amounted to a serious and present threat to the Trans community that warranted the Police invading her home and seizing her guns is an outrageous abuse of power.
Labour says these types of micro aggression policing over the Trans issue won’t get used in the Hate Speech legislation, yet here is an example in real time of it happening!
Rachel poses no legitimate threat yet the Police determined she was an immediate threat.
This is an abusive over reach by the Stare against someone the Woke love to hate.
Rachel is an Award winning columnist, avid falconer, hunter, climate crisis activist, well known lesbian, staunchly feminist, firearms safety advocate, policy researcher, then treasurer, then president of the Whanganui chapter of Federated Farmers, she is not the one dimensional transphobic monster trying to commit a genocide against the trans community that the woke are disgracefully painting her out as!
Drop a drip of power onto your average Middle Class Identity Politics Spinoff/Stuff subscriber and they mutate into a thousand Tiny Hitler’s, a phalanx of little sisters whose eyes gleam with the same Dogma Cult of Mao’s Cultural Revolution.
What we are seeing here is woke fascism.
Under the Hate Speech powers being proposed, the first you will know there is a problem is a knock at the door by Police asking to interview you about what was in your heart when you wrote something on your Facebook page 2 years ago.
In a cultural landscape of woke micro aggression policing, people will stop fearing minorities are facing hate speech and they will start fearing being accused of hate speech.
Mark my words, if this Hate Speech madness passes it will unleash a tsunami of Police complaints as schisms turn on schisms and social media will erupt with roaming lynch mobs seeking justice for a past thousand sleights.
It looks like it has started with Rachel.
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