If we choose to look at just one state which enacted stricter laws, we can then take Massachusetts to use as an example. In 1998, Massachusetts (similar to what Maryland did just last year) enacted some of the strictest gun control reforms banning semi-automatic "assault" weapons, imposing strict licensing rules, etc. In Massachusetts, the data shows that the firearms murder rate has almost doubled from 65 in 1998 to 122 in 2011. If we really want to inform the public about the effects of gun control then we need to give an unbiased and complete picture of what really happens when laws are loosened or tightened regarding firearms. The reality is if data is cherry picked, it can be manipulated to move agendas along.