I got bored and started throwing some numbers around in my head. I broke out the calculator and did some Googling. Here are my references:
I added up the totals from all 50 states, (I know Florida isn't on that list for some reason, and the virgin islands and DC are, and Illinois data isn't complete) but bear with me here. I then looked up the 10 states with the highest "report cards" for strict gun laws straight from the Brady campaign's website. Took all of their numbers and added them up, using the following criteria of 2011 murders: Hand Gun, Rifle, Shotgun, Knife or cutting instrument, and Hands first feet ect. The results are stunning, and I figured I'd post them here as it might be insightful. Keep in mind, the top 10 states only account for 20% of the national total of states.
In Handgun murders: The top ten were 39.6% of the national average
In Rifle murders: The top ten were 27.24% of the national average
In Shotgun murders: The top ten were 28.37% of the national average
In Knife murders: The top ten were 34.65% of the national average
In Hand murders: The top ten were 31.46% of the national average
The top ten states according to Brady's report card: CA, MA, NJ, CT, HI, MD, RI, IL*, PA, MI.
I know this information could be viewed as skewed as it doesn't take into account population. After my afternoon OSHA safety nap, I will probably try to tackle that.
I hope some of you will find this info useful or at least entertaining at the minimum.