First of all, I am not a fan of gun ownership by most private citizens, but we do need to be honest about murder, suicide and gun deaths compared to the rest of the world and especially the “developed world.”
Murder in the USA, like most crime statistics is trending down, and has been, with a few spikes, since the 1980, when the rate hit over 100 per million!
All murders in America stands at about 15,000 per year. a lot of dead people, but not so many, if you think of it as a percentage of the population, less than 50 murders per million people, or about 5 times as high as the developed world, and not at all near the top if you compare it to the world population in total.
Gun murders and gun suicides in countries without easy access to guns are much lower, but total murders and total suicides are not. So banning guns will not greatly reduce the 30,000+ deaths in America currently caused by guns, a lot of those deaths will continue to occur as long as man wants to either kill himself or his fellow man.
What will change is the current rate of 7 people per million in America who are accidentally killed by guns each year. Most gun restricted countries have lees than one per million, so there are 6 times 300 or 1800 Americans killed every year because of our lax gun laws. And a certain percentage of the mass shootings may be reduced, but as they account for about 200-300 deaths per year, and as some crazy killers tend to get weapons or use other methods to commit mass killings in other countries, it is safe to assume we could not reduce this category by more than 200 per year. In spite of the gross scenes of dead babies and innocent bystanders and the horror of suicides, if we outlawed or greatly restricted all guns, including those 200 million plus already in the hands of citizens, we could save UP TO 2000 American lives per year.
I think it is worth it, and I think we can do it in ways that do not seriously impact the ownership of responsible gun owners. limit capacity, require liability insurance, require competency testing, require the owner store guns and and ammo separately and safely in secure containers, register ALL sales by individuals and by dealers. require higher level investigation of multiple gun purchases to a single person both of the individual buyer and the seller.
2000 people out of 300+ million may not seem like a lot (400,000 Americans die of tobacco related issues each year, yet tobacco remains legal) but if your child or loved one is killed by a stray bullet or an accidental shooting that one death is huge, especially if it was avoidable by common sense regulations.
Okay, bring it on you gun lovers who think killing a few kids is a small price to pay for your penis replacement device!