Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

Anti-gun Political Correctness Imperils Monument to Medal of Honor Recipient

Friday, May 25, 2018

Anti-gun Political Correctness Imperils Monument to Medal of Honor Recipient

As difficult as it may seem, anti-gun tactics have reached a pathetic new low. We regret to report that some on the anti-gun left, in their fanatical intolerance of all things firearms, now find it acceptable to attack monuments honoring World War II Medal of Honor recipients.

Grand Island, N.Y. is home to Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Park. The memorial honors the city’s hometown hero, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his valor during the invasion of Normandy.

According to the citation found at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, when Pfc. DeGlopper’s platoon became separated from the rest of his company, he volunteered to supply suppressing fire from his Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) while his comrades withdrew. In order to fire upon the German position, DeGlopper exposed himself to enemy fire and was wounded. According to the account, “Kneeling in the roadway, weakened by his grievous wounds, [DeGlopper] leveled his heavy weapon against the enemy and fired burst after burst until killed outright.” The citation goes on to explain, “In the area where he made his intrepid stand his comrades later found the ground strewn with dead Germans and many machineguns and automatic weapons which he had knocked out of action.”

The local Veterans of Foreign Wars post and others in the community have sought to expand the Grand Island memorial honoring DeGlopper. The centerpiece of their proposal is a statue of DeGlopper wielding the BAR he used to protect his comrades.

To pursue the project, the memorial’s backers requested $150,000 from the Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Standing Committee. According to the Buffalo News, the committee funded $2 million in other requests but denied the funding for the DeGlopper Memorial.

It should be noted that there were a reported $4 million in requests during the funding cycle, so the DeGlopper memorial was not the only project to face the chopping block. Further, local officials contend that their decision was strictly financial. However, many residents are suspicious that the statue of DeGlopper was scrapped because it featured the hero wielding a firearm.

The reason for their concern stems from a bizarre November 2017 op-ed penned by Sierra Club Niagara Group Conservation Chairman Larry Beahan. In it, Beahan explained that as part of his position with the Niagara Sierra Club affiliate he helps to assure the “appropriateness” of Greenway spending. Beahan then proceeded to explain just how inappropriate a statue of DeGlopper carrying a firearm would be.

Beahan likened DeGlopper’s gallantry to the heinous actions of the Las Vegas shooter and those of the murderer in Sutherland Springs, Texas, even going so far as to contend that the fully-automatic BAR was the “AR-15 of its day.” In his zeal to smear the proposed statue, Beahan disregarded the facts of the Sutherland Springs shooting by claiming that “a bystander brought [the shooter] down with a shotgun.” In fact, NRA Member Stephen Willeford stopped the shooting with an AR-15. 

Beahan later told the Buffalo News that he wrote the op-ed with the intention of influencing the Greenway Commission. The Sierra Club Niagara Group chairman went on to tell the paper, “Let's not make our kids worship heroes who are killing people.”

Despite ostensibly being a conservation organization, the national Sierra Club has an official policy position in support of gun control. Specifically, the group backs a ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms, the criminalization of private transfers, and a ban on traditional ammunition. That Beahan used his position with the group to advocate against the DeGlopper statue will make some wonder whether the national Sierra Club supports or at least tacitly approves of this radical position regarding depictions of our fallen soldiers.

Should Americans expect the Sierra Club’s Washington, D.C. chapter to advocate for the removal of the Three Servicemen statue honoring our Vietnam veterans or the Korean War Veterans Memorial? Will the Massachusetts chapter take issue with Lexington and Concord’s Minutemen statues?

DeGlopper Memorial supporters have taken to local media to register their disgust over the rejection of the statue proposal. Local activist Rus Thompson said, “It's because of the gun… I mean, we didn't win World War II by using sticks, you know? We used guns. He got killed by a gun. DeGlopper stood up there and took how many rounds of fire to save how many guys? And they're going to take away his gun?” Grand Island Town Councilman Mike Madigan told Buffalo’s WKBW, “To rewrite history and to make war look like it's peaceful and it doesn't involve guns is not an appropriate depiction.”

IN THIS ARTICLE
New York Veterans Memorial Day
TRENDING NOW
NRA Wins Supreme Court Case, NYSRPA v. Bruen

News  

Second Amendment  

Thursday, June 23, 2022

NRA Wins Supreme Court Case, NYSRPA v. Bruen

The National Rifle Association (NRA) welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen. The Court affirmed that the right to bear arms does not stop at a person’s front door. This is the most ...

Treachery! White House Moves to Strangle U.S. Ammunition Supply

News  

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Treachery! White House Moves to Strangle U.S. Ammunition Supply

Last night, news broke that the Biden Administration is taking behind-the-scenes steps to further strangle the already constricted market for ammunition in the United States. The move could result in a reduction of the commercial production ...

Supreme Court Gets it Right, Congress Gets it Wrong

Friday, June 24, 2022

Supreme Court Gets it Right, Congress Gets it Wrong

On Thursday, SCOTUS released a historic decision in the NYSRPA v. Bruen case when they found the Second Amendment protects the right of law-abiding Americans to carry a firearm outside of the home. Despite the hysteria from ...

Gun Control Package Passes U.S. Senate; House Vote Imminent

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Gun Control Package Passes U.S. Senate; House Vote Imminent

On Thursday, the U.S Senate passed a sweeping package of gun control measures. The text of the legislation was only unveiled Tuesday evening. And while much of the 80-page bill did indeed seek to address ...

Senate Gun Control Package Creates De Facto Waiting Periods

News  

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Senate Gun Control Package Creates De Facto Waiting Periods

Most law-abiding Americans over the age of 18 enjoy the right to purchase a firearm from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL or gun dealer) following an instant background check through the FBI’s National Instant Background ...

Federal Judge Rules Against New Jersey and In Favor of Retired Officers In LEOSA Case.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Federal Judge Rules Against New Jersey and In Favor of Retired Officers In LEOSA Case.

Back in 2020, a coalition of retired federal law enforcement officers and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association sued the state of New Jersey for not honoring their carry rights under the Law Enforcement Officer ...

Delaware: Gun & Mag Bans Going to Gov. Carney

Friday, June 17, 2022

Delaware: Gun & Mag Bans Going to Gov. Carney

Last night, the House passed Senate Bill 6, to ban many standard capacity magazines in common use, sending it to Governor John Carney’s desk. The Senate passed House Bill 450, to ban many commonly-owned firearms, and ...

The So-called “Boyfriend Loophole” is About Undermining the Second Amendment

News  

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

The So-called “Boyfriend Loophole” is About Undermining the Second Amendment

At present, federal law generally bars anyone who is convicted in any court for a domestic violence felony, or any felony for that matter, from possessing firearms. But federal law also imposes a lifetime firearm possession prohibition on ...

NRA Announces Opposition to Senate Gun Control Legislation

News  

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

NRA Announces Opposition to Senate Gun Control Legislation

This legislation can be abused to restrict lawful gun purchases, infringe upon the rights of law-abiding Americans, and use federal dollars to fund gun control measures being adopted by state and local politicians.

NRA Achieves Historical Milestone as 25 States Recognize Constitutional Carry

News  

Friday, April 1, 2022

NRA Achieves Historical Milestone as 25 States Recognize Constitutional Carry

Half the country will now enjoy the freedom to carry a handgun for self-defense without a permit from the state thanks to the tireless efforts of men and women of the National Rifle Association. 

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.