Most Princeton U Students, Faculty OK With Rifles on Campus

Princeton University, one of America's most esteemed Ivy League universities, made the announcement this week that they would train sworn Department of Public Safety officers and give them access to rifles during an emergency.

This story, from The Daily Princetonian, says a majority of students, faculty, and staff on the New Jersey campus are comfortable with the new policy, according to a survey the university paper conducted.

DPS Executive Director Paul Ominsky said Monday officers will soon have access to rifles in case of emergencies involving active shooters or armed suspects.

The survey received 641 responses from graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and staff, the story says. About 95.8 percent of respondents were undergrads.

About 62 percent said they were comfortable with officers having access to guns in emergencies—while 57.3 percent said they did not necessarily feel safer than before.

"I don't really think there will be much of a change, but I don't think it's doing anything negative for the safety of the school," student Ki Won Ahn said.

Only 25.4 percent of students responded that they feel unsafe or very unsafe about the policy change.

Jenny Peng, a student in the class of 2017, said people's concern over officers' access to rifles may stem from a concern that the rifles will be too easy to access.

"I really don't see it as a problem, as long as they actually use them for emergencies when they're supposed to," Peng said. "If it does happen, I guess it's good to be prepared."

Princeton's campus is located in a mostly rural area in Mercer County, New Jersey.