Continuing a trend, more and more of the top-grossing PG-13 movies contain gun violence. A 2013 study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center has been updated with data from 2013-15 and appeared in Pediatrics magazine this week.
Researchers are troubled not only by the increased quantity of gun violence in the films, but also the type of violence that is portrayed. “The PG-13 gun violence that we commonly observe is much less likely to show the consequences of the violence,” explains
Dan Romer, research director at the Annenberg Public Policy Center and lead author of the article. “You don’t see any blood. You hardly see any suffering–nothing that would be realistic or upsetting.”
Romer discussed their findings and advice for further study with NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller.