(THREAD) A homicidal mental state is not a mental illness. This is why our laws hold persons accountable who act with homicidal intent whenever a mental illness does not account for that intent. Stigmatizing mentally ill people, unjustly, isn't helpful. The problem is "#Bigotry."
A "#Bigot" is a person who has a baseless bias (or baseless biases) against a group (or groups) of humans. By itself, bigotry is not harmless. It influences the way one speaks, acts, thinks, votes, and advocates. #BigotRhetoric is pernicious, insidious, and infectious.
Repeated exposure to #BigotRhetoric can literally alter how others perceive stimuli. They will inevitably begin to experience confirmation bias that reinforces and augments growing bigotry, in their minds. In any large groups of humans, some will have homicidal mental states.
This is also true in large groups of #Bigots, some will have homicidal mental states. It is unavoidably true of humanity. Such mental states are not, of themselves, a mental illness. Those who have them are rarely ever mentally ill.
A #HomicidalMentalState biased to justify the act of killing the target(s) of #Bigotry is not a mental illness. Usually, such #Bigots will justify murdering anyone near their target(s) by some rationalization along the lines of "collateral damage" which is a military term of war.
In their #Radicalized #Homicidal #Bigot mind, through confirmation bias and continual exposure to #BigotRhetoric, they have convinced themselves they are a #Soldier involved in a war. It is "us," versus "them" (whoever "them" is in their brain), and "they" must be destroyed.
The act of slaughtering "them" is seen by #Bigots to be an act of war against what they deem intolerable, in their #Radicalized state. They are always wrong. Always. Their thinking is definitely "off," in a number of ways, but none of this rises to a mental illness.
They are taking upon themselves the authority to end the lives of other humans, and acting on their self-appointed authority, in commission of homicide, as a soldier in a war that only exists in their mind. They are not delusional. They are #Radicalized by #BigotRhetoric.
Societally, sustaining easy access to weapons of war, for someone with a war-minded, #Homicidal, #Radicalized #Bigot mental state, is unconscionable. @SenateMajLdr #MoscowMitch permits #MoscowMitchMassacres to continue, while the @GOP blames video games and mental illness.
This is a growing problem of #Bigotry, fed by continual #BigotRhetoric creating #Radicalized #Bigot bias in large groups of humans. We have a #RacistPresident, @realDonaldTrump, who has been continually spewing #BigotRhetoric since, at least, 1989.
@realDonaldTrump In this nation, there is an active #Disinformation campaign targeted at conflating "mental illness" with "homicidal mental states" for the express purpose of obfuscating this issue of #BigotRhetoric as it pertains to gun ownership and gun control.
@realDonaldTrump We have a real problem, y'all. No one argues we shouldn't do more about helping the mentally ill in our population, however, the #StochasticTerrorist in our White House is creating #WhiteNationalist #Bigot soldiers of #RaceWar & #CultureWar while we watch @FOXNews help.
@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews "#HomicidalIntent" isn't a mental illness, it's a social illness. It is incurable, genetically hard-coded.

"#Bigotry" is a separate social illness. #BigotRhetoric is the virus that causes it. It kills far too many to be ignored.

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