Movie gun violence doubles since 1985

According to a study done by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the amount of gun violence in PG-13 movies has tripled since 1985, when the rating was first introduced. Violence in films has doubled since 1950. Researchers also compared last year’s PG-13 movies to those that were R-rated and found that the violence found in the PG-13 movies exceeds the R-rated movies. According to the Motion Picture Association of America, a PG-13 movie is supposed to have less violence than an R-rated movie. The increase in gun violence is troubling due to the “weapons effect” found in an earlier study, which found that a sight or sound of a gun can make people act more aggressively. A researcher in the study said, “Because of the increasing popularity of PG-13 films, youth are exposed to considerable gun violence in movie scripts. The mere presence of guns in these films may increase the aggressive behavior of youth.” The MPAA disagrees, as they believe swear words and hints at sexuality more unsuitable for children than violence and death in movies. ~Brie Davis

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  1. Checkit • November 12, 2013 @ 4:52 PM

    How many millions were spent on this groundbreaking research? No fooling since 1950’s and even since 1985 it’s gotten worse. It sells plain and simple and until everyone hates sex and violence (which goes hand in hand), and we all watch chick flicks more often, then it’ll remain the same.
    Plus are they taking into consideration Hollywood pumps out more movies than ever? Human population has grown since the 1950’s and expanded into foreign markets=more movies and more genres, which most include violence. Also, seems there are more bio pics..does that count? It’s based on real events that happen to include gun violence, should it be omitted? Let’s tell a story of how the Telletubbies came to be formed. Ya that sounds like a good story.

  2. riddler • November 13, 2013 @ 4:01 AM

    The MPAA is just like the NRA; no responsibility, cut throat lawyers who go after kids and act like they are in the best interest of all the workers in the film industry. No one is fooled, got it. Snakes with little ethics.

  3. riddler • November 13, 2013 @ 4:01 AM

    The MPAA is just like the NRA; no responsibility, cut throat lawyers who go after kids and act like they are in the best interest of all the workers in the film industry. No one is fooled, got it. Snakes with little ethics.

  4. riddler • November 13, 2013 @ 4:02 AM

    The MPAA is just like the NRA; no responsibility, cut throat lawyers who go after kids and act like they are in the best interest of all the workers in the film industry. No one is fooled, got it. Snakes with little ethics.

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