Parents react to report claiming violence in PG-13 movies is rising

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - PG-13 movies are supposed to have less gun violence than R rated movies, but a recent study, "Gun Violence Trends in Movies, "published in the Journal Pediatrics, reveals that this is not the case.

Twenty years ago, the amount of gun-related violence in popular PG-13 movies was similar to those rated G or PG.

The study says that gun violence in PG-13 films increased to the point where it even exceeds the level of R-rated films.

According to the Motion Picture Association, the guidelines for PG-13 movies are as follows: "There may be depictions of violence in a PG-13 movie, but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence."

Ninety-four percent of the most popular movies since 1985 contain at least one violent scene.

Rachel Haldorf has three children under the age of 13, and she doesn't want her kids to think what they see on TV is acceptable.

"I think it's absolutely ridiculous you used to let your kids watch whatever they wanted to watch, and now you have to screen everything, minimize it, and a parent actually has to sit down and watch what their kids are watching before they watch it," she says.

The report points out, James Holmes, who admitted to killing 12 people in a movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado-- compared himself to the movie villain, the Joker.

Julie Steeves, visiting from Canada, says she won't take her granddaughter to see many PG-13 rated movies.

"There's just so much that they don't need to see," Steeves says. "It doesn't show sometimes that it's not okay to carry a gun around."

Gun violence in top PG-13 movies has more than tripled in the past two decades. Experts say that what your kids see on the big screen impacts how they act in the world.

The MPA breaks down ratings:

A "G" rated film stands for General Audiences or all ages.

"PG" means Parental Guidance is suggested because some materials may not be suitable for children.

"PG-13" is Parents Strongly Cautioned, some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Films rated "R" or "restricted," means children under 17 require accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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