Gun Control Advocates Are Hoping Ballot Initiatives Get More Done Than Congress (HBO)

On Election Day, a record four states will vote on gun initiatives. Gun control advocates haven’t had much luck getting legislation through Congress or state legislatures, so they’re turning to the initiative process in hopes letting the voter, not politicians, decide policy.

Among them is ballot initiative 1491 in Washington state that would allow family members or police to get a court order to prevent a person from getting a gun who might be a danger to themselves or to others.

Backing the initiative is Marilyn Balcerak, whose 23-year-old severely autistic son James purchased a gun at a local supermarket and murdered his stepsister Brianna Smith with it before taking his own life. Prior to the shootings, Balcerak had contacted police in to ask if there was anything she could do to prevent James from ever purchasing a weapon. They told her it wasn’t possible unless he committed a crime first.

Supporters have raised more than $4 million and have the backing of tech billionaires Steve Ballmer and Paul Allen, but the NRA is strongly opposed, and even the ACLU has concerns that the initiative could infringe on due process for gun owners. Balcerak just hopes it saves lives.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talks Trump, AI, cyber security, and more

Business Insider recently sat down with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who recently put out his first book “Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone.” Nadella is the third CEO in the company’s history, taking over after Steve Ballmer stepped down in 2014. Nadella made it a priority to change the culture at Microsoft, while also inserting himself into some political discourse.

Our interview touched a wide range of subjects — advice he got from Steve Ballmer, how he manages his time, and even some of the political issues Nadella and Microsoft have gotten involved in.

Here is our full interview, ranging from America’s immigration policy, President Donald Trump, privacy and cyber security, cyber weapons, artificial intelligence, robots, mixed reality, and even confronting sexist biases.


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