Dr. Michael Hirsh on COVID, Guns, and Preventable Death
Worcester’s Dr. Michael Hirsh has long been an advocate to reduce gun violence. He is the founder of Goods for Guns, a successful gun buyback program in the city and across the state.
Speaking on the “Talk of the Commonwealth” morning show Dr. Hirsh made the case that gun violence, now the #1 cause of death in children, is a health crisis and should be treated as such.
He says pediatricians belong in the conversation and asking questions of young patients such as, is there a gun in the house, are entirely appropriate. “Empower the family to say, hey think about whose in your home, do you have an inquisitive toddler, do you have a depressed teen, do you have a spouse that has anger management problems, a demented elderly person whose in your home, do you have someone with a substance abuse disorder in your home who knows you can trade in a gun for opiods…any of those things raises expotenially the risk of a gun causing harm to the people in your home and it is a much higher risk of that kind of destructive thing then you defending your homestead against an invader or anything like that.”