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August 4, 1999

Firearm Use in G- and PG-Rated Movies

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(5):428. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-5-jbk0804

To the Editor: During a study of injury prevention practices in G- and PG-rated movies, we collected data on the frequency and manner of firearm use (unpublished data, 1998).

Of the 25 top-grossing G- or PG-rated films released each year from 1995 through 1997, we excluded animated films (n=9) and those not set in the present day (n=16), yielding a final study sample of 50 movies. At least 2 of the coauthors viewed each film in video cassette format, using a standard data collection form. Each compared their results and reconciled any differences. Four (8%) of the films were rated G and 46 (92%) were rated PG. Forty-five (90%) of the movies were considered comedies or family films.