A psychiatrist at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs office told a veteran to “off yourself, please,” via Facebook.
Dr. Gregg Gorton launched into his tirade in response to a Facebook post by a veteran, Joshua Bailey, who wrote a defense of the Second Amendment:
“This is why I always carry my 45. I am all for gun control. If there is a gun in the room, I want to be in control of it. I do commend you on your efforts and hope you continue trying to take away more of our rights. [Because] of you people, more and more Americans are buying guns. Thank you. Hopefully you idiots will get more and more attention so that more and more people will buy guns.”
In the wake of the latest liberal push to take away America’s guns, and effectively nullify the Second Amendment over gun control, that’s hardly a radical statement from a Second Amendment activist.
To Dr. Gorton? It was sacrilege. Gorton responded, very simply, “off yourself, please.”
Bailey is a veteran, merely voicing his opinion about a very American issue in a public forum.
But Gorton is an employee of the VA–literally tasked with helping heal the mental scars on America’s veterans. In many instances, presumably, trying to convince these brave men and women not to “off” themselves in the face of their personal demons.
Gorton’s shocking, tone-deaf comments come at a time where the VA has been under increased scrutiny after it was revealed last year that thousands of veterans are not receiving the care they need–and, horribly, VA offices were lying about the backlog.
The scandal, centered around the VA’s office in Phoenix Arizona, caused Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, to resign–but so far, President Obama has not fired or punished any of those at fault. Recent reports show that the VA continues to deny and delay veterans’ care–even though “reforms” have already happened.
And worse, even veterans who do get care are apparently receiving treatment from doctors like Gorton–who thinks the Second Amendment is a suicidal offense, and is willing to tell a veteran, like those whose psychological health are left in his hands, to kill themselves.
Dr. Gorton is obviously not the kind of person you’d want helping heal America’s veterans. A psychiatrist who actively calls for them to “off” themselves is clearly unfit to serve our nation’s wounded heroes.