Veteran Affairs Psychiatrist Tells Veteran Facebook User To ‘Off Yourself’

Veteran Affairs Psychiatrist Tells Veteran Facebook User To ‘Off Yourself’

A Veterans Affairs psychiatrist told a veteran online user to “off yourself” over a stance on gun control on a Facebook comment thread, according to an image shared online.

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A photo posted to Imgur on Monday night shows one user expressing a pro-gun stance in a Facebook comment thread. I am all for gun control,” the user wrote. “If there is a gun in the room, I want to be in control of it.”

Gregg Gorton, whose Facebook profile identifies him as a staff psychiatrist at the Philadelphia Veterans Medical Center, replied: “Off yourself, please.”

The Veterans Affairs website does list Dr. Gorton as a mental and behavior health physician at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. The website was last updated May 2013.

The VA apologized to all veterans their families for the Facebook post, which they called “completely unacceptable.”

“Our mission is to provide the highest level of medical and mental health care, which is not reflected in the Facebook post,” a VA spokesman told The Washington Times. “The post was totally inappropriate and does not convey our commitment to veterans. We are taking steps immediately to address the situation.”

Dr. Gregg Gorton said his comment was meant to be sarcastic but he’d love to take it back nonetheless.

“It’s just one of those moments you’d rather take back in your life,” Gorton told The Associated Press. “I’ve worked 30 years to treat psychiatric patients. I teach about suicide prevention. … That’s not me.”

The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia is reviewing his job status, Gorton said. He has worked for the agency for 11 years. The hospital has apologized to veterans and called the post “unacceptable.”

Dr. Gregg Gorton said his comment was meant to be sarcastic but he’d love to take it back nonetheless.

“It’s just one of those moments you’d rather take back in your life,” Gorton told The Associated Press. “I’ve worked 30 years to treat psychiatric patients. I teach about suicide prevention. … That’s not me.”

The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia is reviewing his job status, Gorton said. He has worked for the agency for 11 years. The hospital has apologized to veterans and called the post “unacceptable,” reported Military Times.

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