EDITORIAL

Good gun policy needs research

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Science  16 Mar 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6381, pp. 1195
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat5127

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  • Gun policy can be logically solved by reinforcement learning and/or automated deductive reasoning
    • Keita Taniguchi, CEO, Zenta
    • Other Contributors:
      • Yoshiyasu Takefuji, Professor, Keio University

    Alan I. Leshner et al., mentioned that good gun policy needs research (1). The stock price of the gun industry often rises after the brutal shooting incidents. Some rigorous religionist kills obstetricians and gynecologists who officially advocate abortion. Gun policy in the United States is under a war of philosophies of stakeholders including politics, economy, society and religion.
    It is historically obvious that the current US political system is so difficult that the dilemmas cannot be resolved. Various evaluation functions of all stakeholders are complicatedly intertwined. Political science should incorporate "reinforcement learning" and/or automated deductive reasoning from the philosophies and values of each stakeholder. Political science should propose a new rule and principles that transcend the present gun logic and its dilemma.

    References:
    1. Alan I. Leshner et al., Good gun policy needs research, Science 16 Mar 2018:Vol. 359, Issue 6381, pp. 1195
    2. Y. Takefuji, "Reinforcement learning is better than human judges," Science (eLetter, 22 January 2018)
    http://science.sciencemag.org/content/359/6373/263/tab-e-letters

    Competing Interests: None declared.
  • RE: Good gun policy needs research

    I am sickened by this editorial published by Dzau and Leshner in this issue of Science magazine. More research on gun violence. Are you kidding me? The evidence is plain as day- innocent Americans are being slaughtered on an almost daily basis by machine guns and the President of the Academy of Medicine is calling for more research? Does he also want more research on the harmful effects of tobacco? Clearly he/ they have been bought out- they should be called out by AAAS and fired from their leadership positions! They certainly do not represent my views and I would guess most of the membership of these scientific and medical societies devoted to improving and saving the lives of all Americans. This mushy thinking is why we live in such a violent society and must be held to account.

    Competing Interests: None declared.