Proposal Aims to Address Gun Violence and Mental Health
State Representative Mitchell has introduced a unique and controversial bill that would impose a tax on firearms sales in an effort to fund mental health counselors for K through 12 schools. Mitchell calls it the “Thoughts and Prayers Tax” and believes that if the state does nothing else, this tax could make a difference in addressing the issue of gun violence.
Addressing the Growing Need for Mental Health Support
In a recent interview, Mitchell expressed his concern about the lack of mental health support for children in the state. He emphasized the need for more counselors in schools, considering the alarming rise in school shootings and incidents of children accessing unsecured firearms at home.
Mitchell firmly believes that taking action is necessary to prevent further tragedies. He argues that if the problem is not addressed, the state will require a significant increase in mental health counselors to deal with the aftermath of such incidents.
Inspired by a Gun Owner’s Suggestion
The lawmaker credits a Republican voter for inspiring the legislation. During a town hall event, a man suggested that implementing a tax on firearms sales could be a solution to the problem. Mitchell, eager to take action, took up the idea and decided to sponsor the bill.
Although Mitchell is determined, the proposed legislation faces an uphill battle. A supermajority in the state’s General Assembly poses a significant challenge to the bill’s success. However, Mitchell remains optimistic and believes that if the legislature passes red flag laws, safe storage laws, and an assault weapons ban, there would be no need for a sales tax on firearms.
The introduction of the “Thoughts and Prayers Tax” has sparked a heated debate within the state. While some see it as a creative way to address gun violence and support mental health, others argue that it would unfairly burden law-abiding gun owners. Only time will tell if Mitchell’s proposal gains traction and brings about the change he envisions.