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Bad guys win when life changes

Twentieth Century Fox is strongly considering pushing back the debut date of its new sniper movie Phone Booth because of the recent sniper shootings in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Frankly, The Collegian disagrees.

The man responsible for these fatal shootings has allegedly left notes for the authorities claiming deity status.

And changing our lifestyle, even in a realm as trivial as entertainment, is bringing him closer to that goal. Running scared is not the answer, and as so many of our university peers have said in passing discussions, that’s exactly what he wants.

This man, who is committed terrible injustices with no apparent motive, wanted us to run and be scared. He wanted to feel invincible, like he couldn’t be caught, like he is feared, like he is above those whom he considered his past, present or future victims.

Look back on the attacks of Sept. 11. In the aftermath, there was much discussion over how to act and feel and live. Some argued we should move on and live life normally.

Some argued we should take a step back, and others said we should find the medium solution.

Turns out the latter was correct. People lived differently after that day, but they still lived.

There will always be times to remember those who perished needlessly — like during the National Anthem, or on the anniversary of the attacks.

But most Americans know that the best way to honor the people that died is simply to live.

We are aware that it seems ludicrous and in some ways disrespectful to argue such a point with the support of a pushed movie opening and with Sept. 11 as a precedent, but that doesn’t make our point incorrect.

We come back to the fact that it is only a movie and not something to go off the deep end about. We should watch how things change and be aware that that’s exactly what he wants.

University Wire — University of Massachusetts-Amherst