Iceland made history this week, but not in a good way. For the first time since the nation became an independent republic, armed police shot and killed a man, startling a population accustomed to peace.
"The nation does not want its police force to carry weapons because it’s dangerous, it’s threatening," Arnorsdottir says. "It’s a part of the culture. Guns are used to go hunting as a sport, but you never see a gun."
In fact, Iceland isn’t anti-gun. In terms of per-capita gun ownership, Iceland ranks 15th in the world. Still, this incident was so rare that neighbors of the man shot were comparing the shooting to a scene from an American film.
The Icelandic police department said officers involved will go through grief counseling. And the police department has already apologized to the family of the man who died — though not necessarily because they did anything wrong.
"I think it’s respectful," Arnorsdottir says, “because no one wants to take another person’s life. “
I feel like I don’t even live on the same planet as some people because of the stuff I’ve gotten “used to seeing” in the news here in the US compared to other places in the world…
Santa: January when I’m home because that’s when it *finally* starts to get cool. If I travel out, November because AUTUMNNNN <3
Eggnog: Hello Kitty! Not even joking, my first stuffed animal was Hello Kitty. My aunt had gotten it for me at the first Sanrio store they had opened in Puerto Rico. She went with me everywhere lol. I still have her in a box somewhere.
Yule Log: Turnips. I’ve tried to like them but every dish I’ve had is just a world of no. :|
Wreath: Penicillin. Lucky me, huh?
Toys: Not really. I used to when I was younger, but now, I’d be content if I never have them.
Sleigh bells: Nope. My father tried to teach me for weeks and I just couldn’t do it. XD
The oldest person alive was born on April 19, 1897, meaning that April 18th, 1897 was approximately the last time the Earth was inhabited by an entirely different set of people and if you don’t think that’s the realest shit ever then you can get right on outta town.
“Racists will always call you a racist when you identify their racism. To love yourself now - is a form of racism. We are the only people who are criticized for loving ourselves. and white people think when you love yourself you hate them. No, when I love myself they become irrelevant to me.”—