As part of the Bedford Safe Campaign, there will be a community forum from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 in the Bedford High School auditorium titled, “Gun Violence in America: Community-driven approaches to this local and national crisis.”
The forum features Dr. Peter Masiakos, co-director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Gun Violence Prevention, with an introduction by the Bedford Police Department and a personal story from Bedford resident Dawn Kociubes.
Dr. Peter Masiakos, a pediatric trauma surgeon at MGH, started the Center for Gun Violence Prevention along with Dr. Chana Sacks. The MGH Gun Violence Prevention Center is a multidisciplinary initiative at Massachusetts General Hospital dedicated to “preventing firearm-related violence and promoting safety in the homes and communities of the patients we serve.”
Talking about the gun violence patients he has treated, he is quoted on the Center’s website as saying, “I have cared for many victims of gun violence and have had to tell mothers about the death of their child – the worst part of my job. Doctors, among others, can no longer stand on the sidelines as so many Americans are killed each year.”
The Bedford Safe Campaign, which is dedicated to “protecting our children, youth, and families from gun violence in homes,” is a collaborative initiative sponsored by the Bedford Health Department, the Bedford Board of Health, and the Bedford Police Department.
To learn more about the MGH Gun Violence Prevention Center, visit www.massgeneral.org/gun-violence-prevention.
To learn more about the Bedford Safe Campaign, visit https://bedfordma.gov/762/Bedford-Safe-Campaign—Gun-Violence-Pre.