The War on Drugs, the War on Terrorism, and ridiculous safety concerns have pretty much killed home chemistry. As a hobbyist or student, buying a chemical beaker or Erlenmeyer flask can get you into legal trouble in some places, and it will probably get you onto watch lists. Chemical kits and sets have been dumbed down so that they contain next to nothing of interest and even their containers for flour (that you provide yourself from your kitchen) carries health warnings. The War on Guns may well kill 3D printing, CNC machining, and metal working if we don't watch out. Software development is threatened by governmental desires to have backdoors into major software systems. Model airplanes and drones are subject to increasing and mostly unnecessary regulations. These developments threaten to turn a nation that has thrived on innovation and technology into a sclerotic empire dominated by bureaucrats and courtiers, like so many before us in history.
This isn't a partisan problem, it's a problem with politics and journalism being dominated by people in both parties who know little about science but who gain power by spreading FUD. Remember that to politicians, people who value science are just another demographic and voting bloc, and that politicians will tell you what you want to hear in order to get elected. If you want technology and innovation to thrive, think about this next time you vote.