Widener Law alumnus and current National Rifle Association President John C. Sigler visited the Wilmington campus recently and spoke to about 100 students and faculty about the Second Amendment and the growing gun violence in Philadelphia.
“This is certainly a homecoming I never could have imagined. Being here brings back memories,” said Sigler, who recounted days of moot court competitions and memories of Professors Thomas J. Reed and John D. Wladis.
Sigler’s visit was sponsored by the Widener University School of Law Student Bar Association and the Federalist Society.
Sigler, a resident of Delaware and a 1987 graduate of Widener Law, became the 59th president of the NRA in April 2007. He has been an NRA life member for 29 years. He argued in the Oct. 17 speech that Philadelphia authorities need to enforce the laws currently on the books, as opposed to enacting new gun-control legislation, to make the streets safer.
While the crowd seemed evenly split in its applause for his ideas, versus counterpoints made during the audience discussion, Sigler said he was “absolutely flattered” that the students invited him to speak. He ended his remarks with words of advice for them:
“Have the courage to think for yourselves, fight for your core beliefs and challenge conventional wisdom,” he said. Caption:Photo: John Sigler, Widener Law alumnus and current president of the National Rifle Association.