Long-Gun Registry: Tory MP John Williamson Quotes Martin Luther King In Speech Celebrating Destruction Of Records
Conservative MP channels Martin Luther King on the ending of the long gun registry

The Tories are celebrating the end of the long-gun registry on Thursday (though not in Quebec), but one MP’s speech on the issue is raising questions of poor taste.

John Williamson, Conservative MP for New Brunswick-Southwest, took to the floor of the House of Commons on Thursday to denounce the registry. He raised eyebrows when he channeled Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous speech.

“Free at last, free at last, law-abiding Canadians are finally free at last,” Williamson bellowed. Surrounding MPs can be heard in the video echoing his declaration.

The famous phrasing comes straight from the end of MLK’s “I Have A Dream” speech (which King borrowed from an African-American spiritual).

This MLK reference is definitely in poor taste!