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Study: PG-13 gun violence rivals that of R movies

Laura Kittell

In White House Down a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders. This movie was released in June 2013 and is rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence including intense gunfire and explosions, some language and a brief sexual image. Photo: Video by Columbia Pictures

Study: PG-13 gun violence rivals that of R movies

CREATED Nov. 11, 2013

NEW YORK (KGUN-TV / AP) - A study finds that gun violence in PG-13 rated movies has increased considerably in recent decades, to the point that it sometimes exceeds gun violence in even R-rated films.
   
The Annenberg Public Policy Center and the Ohio State University on Monday released a study that surveyed gun violence in top-grossing movies. Researchers found that gun violence in PG-13 films has more than tripled since 1985.
   
According to the study, gun violence in PG-13 movies has rivaled the level of gun violence in R-rated movies since 2009, and actually surpassed it in 2012.
   
Critics of the ratings system have long held that it places too much emphasis on sexuality and too little on violence.
   
The Motion Picture Association of American declined to comment on the study.

A complete description of what each rating means can be found on the Motion Picture Association's website.

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