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Gun Violence in PG-13 Movies Surges Since Rating Started

Gun violence in movies rated PG-13, a designation advising that material may be unsuitable for children younger than 13, has more than tripled since the rating was introduced in 1985, a study found.

The findings are troubling, researchers said, because youth are increasingly exposed to gun violence in top-selling movies; those rated PG-13 represent more than half of top-grossing film revenue, according to today’s study in the journal Pediatrics. Since 2009, PG-13 films have contained as much as or more violence than R-rated films, the authors said.