I'm glad you know how many people die each year to firearms. I'm sure you are aware that 2/3 of that number is suicides, and you would have to be quite bold to assume that those individuals wouldn't have killed themselves if guns weren't available to them. Can you tell me how many lives are saved in the US each year by someone brandishing a firearm or is that not convenient for pushing the policies you believe in?
According to a study that was initiated by the CDC anywhere from 500,000 to over 3 million lives are saved each year by someone wielding a firearm.
So let's do an eye test using the most conservative estimate.
Without suicides? That is 13,000 lives lost to 500,000 saved. Assuming 50% of those who committed suicide would not have by any other method? That is 26,000 lives lost to over 500,000 saved. Assuming 100% of those who committed suicide would not have by any other method? 39,000 to 500,000.
How many lives have been saved in the UK by a good Samaritan with a knife?
The problem isn't the weapon. It's the person holding the weapon and culture of the area that individual resides in.
When someone is stabbed, beaten, suffocated, burned alive, or run over we say "what the duck is wrong with the perpetrator(s)?" We don't rush to take away sharp objects, force people to keep their hands in their pockets, burn all pillows, ban all lighter fluid, or return to horse and buggy. Yet when someone is killed or kills themselves with a firearm it's "Ban all the guns!" Because a bad guy definitely won't do bad things without a gun.
I am for requiring a license to own a firearm. I am 100% against modifications to turn a semiautomatic weapon fully automatic. But bad people do bad things and will get guns regardless of whether or not it is illegal to own one. I'd be on an equal playing field than a clear disadvantage.