Hollywood's love of guns: The staggering number of guns featured on major movie posters

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The epidemic of mass shootings in the US hasn't curbed Hollywood's habit of putting guns front and center in its movies.

Since a gunman went on a rampage at the Virginia Tech campus in 2007, The New York Times reports that there have been 25 other mass shootings in the country, including the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday.

Even with the tragedies and public outcries for gun control, Hollywood continues to plaster images of guns on its advertisements.

It seems like Liam Neeson can't be in a movie poster without one — even "A Million Ways to Die in the West" followed the lead of his "Taken" films.

Action stars like Neeson, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg aren't the only ones holding guns. Weapons are also routinely used in comedies' posters. (See: Kevin Hart in "Ride Along 2" or in the poster for his upcoming film "Central Intelligence" with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, or Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in "21 Jump Street" and its sequel "22 Jump Street.")

"Jason Bourne," "Cell," and "War Dogs" are all due out this summer and prominently feature guns in their posters.

The amount of film posters featuring guns is startling, and that's not even accounting for the ones that display science-fiction weapons and blasters that resemble guns. Of movie posters from the top 100 domestic grossing movies in 2015 alone, 18 featured guns, or just under a fifth of posters.

Scroll through our slideshow below for 56 posters featuring guns for some of the top grossing movies that have been released since the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007.

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Hollywood's love of guns: The staggering number of guns featured on major movie posters

"Transporter 3" (2008)

(Photo via Lionsgate)

"Quantum of Solace" (2008)

Daniel Craig's James Bond hasn't stopped carrying guns since 2008. Check out the posters for"Skyfall" and for "Spectre."

(Photo via Sony/Columbia Pictures)

"Max Payne" (2008)

(Photo via 20th Century Fox)

"Pineapple Express" (2008)

(Photo via Sony/Columbia)

"Tropic Thunder" (2008)

(Photo via Paramount)

"Get Smart" (2008)

(Photo via Warner Bros.)

"Wanted" (2008)

(Photo via Universal Pictures)

"Gran Torino" (2008)

(Photo via Warner Bros.)

"Zombieland" (2008)

(Photo via Sony/Columbia)

"G-Force" (2009)

Not even the guinea pigs can get away from the guns.

(Photo via Buena Vista)

"Inglourious Basterds" (2009)

(Photo via Weinstein Company)

"Taken" (2009)

Every poster in Liam Neeson's franchise prominently features the actor and a gun. They are the only things in the "Taken 2" and "Taken 3" posters. Here in the original, the gun is more prominent than Neeson's face. 

(Photo via 20th Century Fox)

"The American" (2010)

(Photo via Focus Features)

"Cop Out" (2010)

(Photo via Warner Bros.)

"Killers" (2010)

(Photo via Lionsgate)

"Resident Evil: Afterlife" (2010)

Milla Jovovich's Alice is never seen without a gun in the franchise's film posters.

(Photo via Sony)

"Knight and Day" (2010)

(Photo via 20th Century Fox)

"The A-Team" (2010)

(Photo via 20th Century Fox)

"The Town" (2010)

Not only are there guns, but there are also fake nuns.

(Photo via Warner Bros.)

"The Other Guys" (2010)

(Photo via Sony/Columbia)

"The Expendables" (2010)

The film franchise that features some of the toughest guys also always prominently features guns on its posters. Interestingly, though, the first and third films' posters each display the guns as almost camouflaged in the actors' black outfits. Also, take note of the "wings" behind the angel/skull made up of guns.

(Photo via Lionsgate)

"In Time" (2011)

(Photo via 20th Century Fox)

"Cowboys & Aliens" (2011)

(Photo via Universal Pictures)

"End of Watch" (2012)

(Photo via Open Road Films)

"Red Dawn" (2012)

(Photo via FilmDistrict)

"This Means War" (2012)

In this film, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy are battling over Reese Witherspoon, thus their guns are aimed at each other, but they're also aimed at Witherspoon.

(Photo via 20th Century Fox)

"Underworld: Awakening" (2012)

(Photo via Sony)

"Killing Them Softly" (2012)

Though the same color as the background, the gun is just as prominent as the title.

(Photo via Weinstein Company)

"Looper" (2012)

(Photo via TriStar)

"Django Unchained" (2012)

(Photo via Weinstein Company)

"R.I.P.D." (2013)

The film isn't striking, but the guns on this poster are.

(Photo via Universal Pictures)

"The Heat" (2013)

(Photo via 20th Century Fox)

"Gangster Squad" (2013)

(Photo via Warner Bros.)

"Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" (2013)

(Photo via Paramount)

"A Good Day to Die Hard" (2013)

(20th Century Fox)

"White House Down" (2013)

(Photo via Sony/Columbia)

"2 Guns" (2013)

It's a literal title.

(Photo via Universal Pictures)

"G.I. Joe: Retaliation" (2013)

(Photo via Paramount)

"John Wick" (2014)

(Photo via Lionsgate/Summit)

"Non-Stop" (2014)

(Photo via Universal Pictures)

"The Equalizer" (2014)

(Photo via Sony/Columbia)

"22 Jump Street" (2014)

"21 Jump Street's" poster also prominently featured Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill holdling guns, but its sequel amped it up even more.

(Photo via Sony/Columbia)

"The Purge: Anarchy" (2014)

"The Purge" franchise took a strong stance and illustrated the American flag out of guns for its second film. For its third film, coming out in July, an assault rifle is decorated with the flag.

(Photo via Universal Pictures)

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (2014)

(Photo via 20th Century Fox)

"The Hateful Eight" (2015)

(Photo via The Weinstein Company)

"Hitman: Agent 47" (2015)

(Photo via 20th Century Fox)

"Hot Pursuit" (2015)

(Photo via Warner Bros.)

"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (2015)

(Photo via Warner Bros.)

"Sicario" (2015)

(Photo via Lionsgate)

"Spy" (2015)

(Photo via 20th Century Fox)

"The Divergent Series: Insurgent" (2015)

You can also find a gun in "Divergent," the franchise's first film.

(Photo via Lionsgate/Summit)

"Ride Along 2" (2016)

(Photo via Universal Pictures)

"The Brothers Grimsby" (2016)

(Photo via Sony/Columbia)

"Hardcore Henry" (2016)

(Photo via STX Entertainment)

"Keanu" (2016)

(Photo via Warner Bros.)

"Money Monster" (2016)

(Photo via TriStar)

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