Emily Ekins reports at Reason that 62% of Americans think we should be able to use 3D printers while 53% oppose allowing us to use them to print guns. Interesting poll.
But isn’t the most telling result in the survey that nearly a third of all Americans (29%) think that we shouldn’t be allowed to use this peaceful technology in our own homes? So much for respect for property rights. Do they think 3D printers are big industrial devices and therefore ground the opposition on a place of use rationale? Or do they simply dislike the idea of private, individual (non-corporate) ownership and use of a device that could do things they don’t like (so a Nanny grounding)? Either way, a depressing finding.
The sliver of hope is that young people are more open to private use of the printers. But 23% of 18-29 year olds still oppose it. What has this country come to!?