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Consequence-Free Gun Violence Running Rampant In PG-13 Movies

The movies, which are consumed by a younger audience than R-rated ones, whitewash the damaging effects of gun violence, a new study finds.

The Washington Post: Gun Violence In PG-13 Movies Soars. Are ‘Superhero’ Movies To Blame?
In the climatic battle scene in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," basically everyone has a gun. ... The omnipresent guns in the latest Star Wars movie also reflect a trend in Hollywood over the past 30 years toward increasing gun violence in superhero/fantasy/comic book-type action flicks aimed at children and teens — a shift that has created confusion about what differentiates a PG-13 movie such as "Rogue One" from an R-rated film. (Cha, 1/11)

In other news —

Boston Globe: Mass. Had Lowest Gun Death Rate In The Country In 2015, Study Says 
Massachusetts had the lowest gun death rate in the country in 2015, newly released federal data shows, and advocacy groups on Tuesday attributed the state’s ranking to its tough firearm laws. There were 213 gun deaths in the state in 2015, for a rate of 3.13 per 100,000 residents, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. (Andersen, 1/11)

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