The former chief of the FBI recently made these comments during an iNews interview, one day after he delivered remarks in London in front of 2,000 people to promote his upcoming memoir, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.”
“One of the worst things that goes on in the US is the current voice of the National Rifle Association, because it sells fear in the wake of any incident,” said Comey.
“I’m comfortable around guns. I own guns,” he continued. “Surely there are things we can agree upon that relate to who is able to buy a weapon, what kind of weapon and at what age, what the capabilities of the weapon are, how many rounds does it hold, and things like that, that in no way threaten the rights under the U.S. Constitution of people to keep and bear arms.”
Later, he noted the largest month for gun sales in U.S. history, which was the month following the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.
“The reason gun sales spiked to incredible rates after that is the NRA turned around in the wake of that and said, ‘They’re coming for your guns.’ They sold fear to the American people,” Comey observed. “Their constant argument is: ‘It’s a slippery slope. If we restrict a particular kind of weapon or raise the age of purchase, it means the end of gun ownership in the U.S.’ And that argument is a lie.”
Comey, who President Trump fired in May 2017 while the FBI investigated possible collusion between the presidential campaign of Donald Trump and Russia, called the NRA out in the wake of mass shootings that occurred earlier this year.
In May, as he delivered remarks during a book event, Comey accused the NRA of selling gun owners “fear.” He added he would back “reasonable restrictions” of gun laws, criticizing the concept of gun control measures as a “slippery slope.”