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Sudbury surgeon seeks sensible gun policy

As a surgeon in Newton, Dr. Michael Reinhornworks to save lives one patient at a time.

But after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the Sudbury resident felt compelled to do more.

Working with a friend, a fellow Sudbury resident and doctor, he set up a Facebook group called Citizens for Sensible Gun Policy and has organized a forum with nationally known experts on gun policies that will be held in Sudbury this week. He hopes the event will help educate the public about the accessibility of guns, lead to a greater discussion about gun safety laws in Massachusetts, and eventually spur lawmakers to take action to reduce the number of gun-related deaths.

Personally, I can make an impact one person at a time, said Reinhorn, a general surgeon. Through action and advocacy with other people, we have the potential to save a lot more lives.

The public forum will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School auditorium.

The event will be moderated by Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujianand feature several speakers including Dr. David Hemenway,the author of Private Guns, Public Health, and a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Also on the panel will be Dr. Michael Hirsh,acting commissioner of public health for the city of Worcester. He is also director of the pediatric trauma center at the UMass Medical Center in Worcester and the founder of a Worcester gun buy-back program.

The great benefit of this is to bring people together, Koutoujian said. An open and honest dialogue around facts will be very helpful in allowing society as a whole to handle the issues we are facing right now.

Reinhorn is working with Dr. Peter Masiakos,an attending pediatric general and trauma surgeon at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, who also serves as an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and is the chair of the Legislative Advocacy Committee of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

Masiakos has been an advocate for youth injury prevention laws such ATV safety, sports safety, and safe driving laws and has come to realize that physicians have a unique ability to work with politicians to enact meaningful injury prevention legislation.

The physicians role as healer and educator can be effectively extended into the political process, and in addition medical records can be studied to determine the efficacy of our efforts and to validate proposals for new laws, he said. Going forward, I envision that health care providers, mental health experts, responsible gun owners, and legislators will work together to enact effective and sustainable gun policies and mental health laws so that we can provide a safer environment for our children.

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