In a country with such crazy gun laws as America, it is probably not a good thing that that gun violence in PG-13 films has tripled since 1985.
I am a firm believer that what people see on their TV and movie screens influences how they act in real life and if 13 year olds are seeing guns being used so casually in their films, it encourages them to act it out in real life and in a country where you can buy a gun with your cornflakes, that's a recipe for disaster.
Ohio State University and researchers from the Annenberg Public Policy Centre studied the top 30 films since 1950 and then since 1985 and found that gun violence in PG-13–rated films has more than tripled since 1985, when the rating was introduced to advise that material may be unsuitable for children younger than 13.
Study author, Bush Bradman explained 'There has been a long line of research showing that continued exposure to screen violence among children, mainly on TV, predicts the emergence of later aggressive behaviour. 'We don't know if seeing gun violence on the screen has a unique effect, but it is concerning considering that we have seen a rise in the use of guns in schools and other settings in recent years'.
In an earlier study, Brad Bushman, professor of psychology at Ohio State University discovered that college students who played violent video games for 20 minutes at a time for three days showed more aggressive behaviour each day they played.
'The argument I hear most often is that video games can't be dangerous because millions of people play these games without becoming violent'. That's because they come from good homes, aren't victims of bullying, don't have mental health issues and don't have many of the other risk factors for violence. But what about players who are already predisposed to violence?'
Indeed Mr Bradman but in a country where the right to own a gun outweighs everything else, i think this will be filed under 'left wing nonsense'.
When the bodies of 22 children last year can't generate a change in gun laws and the reaction to yet another mass shooting is to suggest that more people own guns, you are whistling in the wind my friend. The madness of the Second Amendment will always trump sense it seems.