America’s relationship to gun violence onscreen is a complicated one — but it’s only getting more prevalent. A new study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center and Ohio State University has found that the amount of gun violence in the top-grossing PG-13 movies has more than tripled since 1985, and in 2012 it exceeded the gun violence in the top-grossing R-rated movies.
The study, “Gun Violence Trends in Movies,” also shows that the overall rate of violence in the biggest box-office movies has more than doubled since 1950, and that in 1985, the first full year of the PG-13 rating, the amount of gun violence in popular PG-13 movies was similar to that in movies rated G and PG. Since 2009 it has rivaled the level of gun violence in R-rated movies.
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