Doctor Pulls Gun During Video Chat, Supports Carrying Guns Instead of Wearing Masks During COVID-19 Pandemic

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.

(Sources: Hoag Health/Twitter, krupali/Twitter)

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