Study: Gun Violence in PG-13 Movies Has Tripled

by Karl Utermohlen | November 12, 2013 12:08 pm

A new study shows that violence has grown exponentially over the last 30 years in PG-13 movies.

Los Angeles Times reports that gun violence[1] in movies has tripled since 1985 and 94% of the highest-grossing movies since then have at least one violent sequence. Brad Bushman of Ohio State University co-authored the report published in the medical journal Pediatrics and he said that “the MPAA website clearly says that R-rated films contain more violence. But PG-13 films now contain significantly more violence than R-rated films.” This seemingly bizarre shift could be the result of the Motion Picture Association being harsher on films that have sex and foul language.

The report also said that many movies are showing kids how to use guns and the fact that these movies can be found online means that children younger than 13 have access to these films.

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