Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, August 23, 2014

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.


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"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.


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We've infected them. It's gone global.

#1 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-20 04:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

Recently announced numbers by the Feds list the socialist-communist-marxist meca, Rhode Island aka "Little Rhody" as the state with the lowest per-capita deaths an injuries by guns in the nation.

The lying election manipulators at the NRA recently agreed to pay a $63,000 fine to the RI Elections Board.

#2 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-08-20 06:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

I heard there where 5 police shootings in Britain last year.

This site says:
Police officers in England and Wales opened fire just five times for the year 2011/12. Out of these incidents, two people were killed, including Duggan.

In the four years to 2012, armed officers officers opened fire 18 times - nine fatally. No-one was shot dead by police in 2012/13.

The two fatalities in 2011/12 emerged from 12,550 operations during the same period, in which firearms officers were on the scene and had been given authorisation to open fire, even though they did not, according to the latest Home Office stats.

The authorisation factor is important, because this is where British police differ to most of the rest of the world. Aside from Ireland, all major police forces in Europe routinely carry firearms, along with the US, Canada and Australia. New Zealand is another exception.

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2014-08-20 10:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

In our country, the anti-police protesters and the tea[partiers] suddenly fell silent upon learning that all parties to the shooting were melanin-impared.

#4 | Posted by censored at 2014-08-23 07:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

Humans are the disease...
Volcanoes are the cure...

#5 | Posted by yougothurt at 2014-08-24 08:38 AM | Reply | Flag:

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