Gorton was responding to a post that came through his Facebook page by an apparent gun-rights supporter, according to images posted to the website Imgur and described by the newspaper.
“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.”
Gorton replied: “Off yourself, please.”
Gorton said he would not call himself a gun-control activist.
“I have concerns about gun violence, but many of us do,” he said.
He should have concerns about his next paycheck, because he should be fired immediately.
For what it is worth, and it is worth a ton, the VA Hospital in Philadelphia commented on the incident, as the AP tells:
“The post was totally inappropriate and does not convey our commitment to veterans. We are taking steps immediately to address the situation,” the VA told the newspaper.
Yes, it perfectly portrays your commitment to Veterans. And is a symptom of a much larger problem.
In an unrelated matter, VA officials told Congress this month that nearly a dozen employees at the regional office in Philadelphia could face discipline over their errant handling of a backlog of benefit claims.
The VA’s inspector general had found that Philadelphia staff neglected mail, altered claims dates and reviews and made $2.2 million in duplicate benefit payments as it tried to reduce backlogs.
Unrelated, my ass. The debacles in Phoenix and in Philadelphia and across the VA system should result in people being charged with criminal misconduct (including Federal charges relating to retribution against whistle-blowers), and if clinicians are found to have had knowledge or willfully participated in the scandals, they should have their licenses to practice medicine revoked.
The VA is an unaccountable, unresponsive, inefficient, bureaucratic nightmare, where medical care is decidedly uneven. There are good people trying to do good work, to be sure. But far, far too many who are of the ilk that begets the kind of despicable and dishonest mismanagement we hear about daily from the VA. Secretary Bob McDonald, who took over for Eric Shinsecki, needs to fire people, loudly and publicly. Heads on plates. Gregg Gorton’s should be among them. Along with his newly-revoked license to practice psychiatry. If Gorton’s head is not on that plate today, perhaps Bob McDonald’s head should be served.