Mental illness has once again become a central issue in the national conversation about gun violence in the outcome of the recent mass shootings in Dayton, El Paso, and Gilroy.
Actor David Harbour, 44-year-old had been working in the entertainment industry for years. Harbour got his big break as a cast in Stranger Things as Chief Hopper in 2016. He had diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 25. David is currently on medications. He tweeted, “I’ve been medicated bipolar for a long time.” on twitter. The Stranger Things star also opened about his illness in an interview on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast last year in June 2018.
He chose Twitter to share his thoughts about the latter and how news outlets often fail to cover the issue with the proper context.
After many social media users used the hashtag #IAmNotDangerous to share their own experiences. He also shared a thread of emotional tweets.
Harbour also wrote in the first part of his four tweet thread, “The ‘mentally ill’ (this arbitrary societally agreed-upon cattle brand to differentiate ‘us’ from ‘them’) are overwhelmingly subject to violence, not perpetrators,” And, “I have been a card-carrying member, and those I’ve met in the asylums are some of the kindest and lost people I’ve known.”
It has become a cliche point; every time America sees another mass shooting, politicians blame the country’s gun violence problem on “mental illness.”
Donald Trump said during a press conference that it is hatred and mental illness that pulls the trigger. Not the gun.