President Trump has assumed office, and the White House website has been updated with policy positions reflecting the change in administration. One page, indicating the Trump administration’s stated support for law enforcement, makes an explicit appeal linking Second Amendment rights with backing police officers.
“Supporting law enforcement means supporting our citizens’ ability to protect themselves,” the page reads. “We will uphold Americans’ Second Amendment rights at every level of our judicial system.”
This is not a new position for Trump. On his campaign website, Trump’s name was affixed to a paper explicitly backing the Second Amendment and stating that protecting it “is imperative.” The paper also specifically criticizes the idea of expanding background checks, instead calling for fixing the existing system.
So it is worth noting that most police officers in the United States actually say they prefer stricter gun laws and disagree with Trump on at least one count here.
A survey released by Pew Research Center earlier this month, based on interviews with nearly 8,000 officers nationwide, captured this sentiment:
Officers were asked about a number of issues, including how they felt about new gun laws. Nearly 90 percent of police officers said they supported making more gun sales — specifically those at gun shows, and other private gun transactions — subject to background checks.
Trump’s policy position on his website is that he supports expanding mental health treatment, but it does not mention favoring any restrictions on people with mental illnesses seeking to buy guns. These types of restrictions are backed by 95 percent of police officers, according to Pew.