Iceland grieves after police kill a man for the first time in its history
December 5, 2013
It was an unprecedented headline in Iceland this week — a man shot to death by police.
"The nation was in shock. This does not happen in our country," said Thora Arnorsdottir, news editor at RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.
She was referring to a 59-year old man who was shot by police on Monday. The man, who started shooting at police when they entered his building, had a history of mental illness.
It’s the first time someone has been killed by armed police in Iceland since it became an independent republic in 1944. Police don’t even carry weapons, usually. Violent crime in Iceland is almost non-existent.
"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. “
There are still a number of questions to be answered, including why police didn’t first try to negotiate with man before entering his building.
"A part of the great thing of living in this country is that you can enter parliament and the only thing they ask you to do is to turn off your cellphone, so you don’t disturb the parliamentarians while they’re talking. We do not have armed guards following our prime minister or president. That’s a part of the great thing of living in a peaceful society. We do not want to change that. "
can you even imagine if the u.s. mourned people killed by police
like a real national outpouring
that moment of silence should last for years
The kind of gun culture I approve of.
This is so surreal to me I can’t even comprehend
seriously from a U.S perspective this is like reading really eerie satire. look what gun-culture has done to us
i hope the family of that man who was killed, is finding peace in the show of love from their neighbors and compatriots.
I DONT THINK PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW HARD ANIMATORS WORK
WHAT BUGS ME MOST IS WHEN ANY ANIMATED MOVIE BECOMES FAMOUS (DISNEY, PIXAR, ANIME’S, AND TV SHOWS) THE WRITER GETS 99.9999% OF THE CREDIT.
DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO DRAW THE SAME CHARACTER SLOWLY MOVING 24 TIMES- ONLY TO MAKE ONE SECOND OF ANIMATION?
HOW MANY SKETCHES THEY MADE?
PEOPLE NEED TO APPRECIATE ANIMATORS MORE.
"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.
Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.
See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this….cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon.
Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy.
To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died.
You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies.
I feel like this scene, more than anything, demonstrates the difference in tone between Legend of Korra and Avatar: the Last Airbender.
Here’s the thing: Aang suffered some pretty huge setbacks over the course of his show. He lost his people. He lost Appa. He lost Ba Sing Se. He lost the invasion force at the Day of Black Sun.
But, through all of that, he’s not alone and he knows it. Most of the time, his friends have already started making back-up plans by the time he realizes what’s going on. And, if nothing else, he’s got Raava, whose interference insured that Aang’s own experience with the death of an important spirit never reached the point of despair.
In fact, the only time Aang ever reached the point of despair — as one of his many reactions to the loss of Appa — it was something we as the audience knew in advance would be temporary.
Korra, in contrast, has twice been forced to a point where she feels utterly alone, unworthy, and hopeless, even when other people are there for her. Despair is something she needs to resist on her own, not something her friends ward off for her before it gets to that point, because having people there for her isn’t enough if she doesn’t believe that their presence is valuable.
Tenzin can offer her hope, but only if she’s willing to listen, and she still has to find the answer on her own, without her friends’ help.
Aang’s friends might have been able to shield him from the full extent of his pain, but Korra doesn’t have that luxury. She’s got to face true despair and overcome it, because if she doesn’t, there’s nothing anyone else can do.
#LoK really is a darker story in a lot of ways #And not just because it holds less back re: violence #What Aang faced was terrible but there was /always/ hope #But Korra’s hope is more likely to be snatched away than justified #In a way #A:tLA is about maintaining hope#While LoK is about resisting despair