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

Gun Violence on the Rise in PG-13 Films
Gun Violence on the Rise in PG-13 Films

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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