November 11th, 2013
10:17 AM ET

Gun Violence On Rise In PG-13 Movies

A new research study from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center in Philadelphia shows that gun violence has risen in PG-13 films and now tops the violence shown in R-rated films.

From the school's site:  "The study, “Gun Violence Trends in Movies,” published in the December issue of Pediatrics (online publication Nov. 11), shows that in 1985, the first full year of the PG-13 rating, the amount of gun violence in popular PG-13 movies was similar to that in movies rated G and PG. Since then, the gun violence in PG-13 movies has grown, and since 2009 it has rivaled the level of gun violence in R-rated movies."

Psychologist Dr. Chuck Williams  and the Forensic Panel's Dr. Michael Welner  weighed in on this issue on Monday's "New Day." They both attributed rising violence with a popular male culture, and hip hop culture specifically, that glamorizes guns as powerful accessories.

See full video above and let us know in the comments do you agree the presence of firearms in movies or video games creates a culture of violence in our youth?

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