Gregg Gorton has been a staff psychiatrist at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Center for 11 years. He also is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. With a specialty area of suicide prevention, the thought of most would be that he knows how to handle almost any situation, or at least respond to things in a professional manner. That makes it all the more shocking that Dr. Gorton told a Second Amendment supporter on Facebook to “off yourself, please.”
At least he said please, right? Imagine that. A government worker psychiatrist who works with veterans, many of whom have no doubt seen combat, tells someone to kill themselves simply because he disagrees with the individual’s support of the Second Amendment.
The Facebook user who Dr. Gorton begged nicely to kill himself had simply voiced his staunch support for the Second Amendment using a spin of gun control, meaning
“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 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.”
It was after this statement that Dr. Gorton said, “Off yourself, please.”
After the numerous controversies surrounding the VA system under Barack Obama, with veterans dying as they wait for care and documents being falsified to fake care so that executives could get bonuses, one would think that work would have been done to clean up this system of failed socialist style health care. But, for a VA psychiatrist, who treats individuals who suffer from suicidal thoughts, to tell a gun owner to kill himself simply because he doesn’t like his support of the Second Amendment is beyond shocking.
Dr. Gorton was called out by other’s on Facebook with one user saying, “Wow, Mr. Gorton, is that what you say to pro gun veterans at the VA? I wonder if your employer knows you are advocating suicide in an online forum.”
After getting caught as being a VA psychiatrist who specializes in suicide prevention and telling someone to kill themselves, suddenly Dr. Gordon said he meant it to be sarcastic.
Yes, that is seriously what he said because, you know, suicide is a joking matter very obviously to the suicide prevention specialist Dr. Gorton.
He told the Associated Press, “It’s just one of those moments you’d rather take back in your life. I’ve worked 30 years to treat psychiatric patients. I teach about suicide prevention. That’s not me.”
The VA in Philadelphia has called Dr. Gorton’s comments “totally inappropriate.” They also said, “We are taking steps immediately to address the situation.”
If the VA truly wants to send a message that it is totally inappropriate for any of their workers, let alone a psychiatrist who treats the suicidal, to tell someone to kill themselves, then their first step of action should be the dismissal of Dr. Gorton.
h/t The Blaze