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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Report Finds That Gun Violence Much Higher In PG Rated Films Since 1985

Researchers have published a study in Pediatrics suggesting that gun violence in MPAA films rated PG now exceeds that in films rated R, and has done so for some time. Researchers coded popular films for violence released since 1950 and gun violence released since 1985, and found that teens who watched those films were likely to have been exposed to increasing numbers of incidents of gun violence in PG-rated films since 1985. Further, the report found that PG rated films released since 2009 as coded by the researchers now have as many incidents of gun violence as do R rated movies.  The researchers used the Annenberg CHAMP system to code violent content. Read the entire report here. Reaction from the Los Angeles Times here, from the Guardian here. from Variety here.

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