More Guns in PG-13 Movies?


Going to a movie rated PG-13?  Get ready to see lots and lots of GUNS!

According to Fox News, The University of Pennsylvania has released a study showing that in the past twenty-five years, gun-related imagery in PG-13 films more than tripled.

Daniel Romer of the University’s Annenberg Public Policy Center says that back in 1985, PG-13 movies featured on average less than one scene of gun violence per hour.

By 2012, that figure had jumped to nearly three gun scenes each hour.

Dr. Romer is very concerned about the increase in onscreen violence seen by many teens.  He points out that a PG-13 rating doesn’t tell parents very much about a film’s content.

He says, “The problem for parents is they can no longer rely on the PG-13 rating to tell them there isn’t a lot of violence in those films.”

Romer is also concerned about the influence such depictions of violence may have on impressionable or unstable adolescents:

He says, “It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to figure out there are going to be disturbed kids who are going to see this kind of content.”

By the way, past studies indicate a link between witnessing gun violence onscreen and having more aggressive thoughts.

If you have kids or teenagers, let me recommend two great websites that will help you teach your kids discernment when it comes to media.

One is Focus on the Family’s, the other is the Parents Television Council website at


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