Dr. Jeff Barke of Newport Beach, California, pulled his gun during a video chat with anti-masker Peggy Hall on Sept. 16.
Barke made the bizarre claim that a gun would keep him safer than a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic that has infected seven million Americans and killed over 200,000:
I live in Orange County, so I carry this wherever I go. This is what I carry when I’m out in public to protect others and protect the public. I’d rather see somebody carrying a concealed [weapon] than masking up. I think that’s better for the public than anything.
Hoag Hospital officials distanced themselves from Barke in a tweet on Sept. 18.