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Study: Gun violence more common in PG-13 than R movies

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The amount of gun violence in the top-grossing PG-13 movies actually is more prevalent than the gun violence depicted in the top-grossing R movies, according to researchers at the Annenberg School of Public Policy and Ohio State University.

Their study also found that the amount of violence in PG-13 movies since 1985, the first year the rating was used, has tripled.

Dr. Stephanie Jones, a clinical psychologist, flat out says The Motion Picture Association of America is irresponsible. We reached out to the MPAA for comment but never heard back.

The rating system itself needs an overhaul, says Thom Geier, a senior editor with Entertainment Weekly, saying that the MPAA has to take a cold, hard look at what sorts of films get a PG-13 rating.

Many experts say that parents know best when it comes to which movies your children do or do not see.

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