If that's your argument then why don't you wear a hardhat when you go out? Because that would be dorky whereas guns are cool?
Your odds of having something dropped on your head that would injure you, but not kill you regardless of the existence of a hardhat, are more in line with your odds of being struck by lightning. Your odds of getting raped or mugged are more in line with your odds of being in a serious car wreck, having a lengthy power outage, getting stranded. Things you might not even be consciously aware of when you take precautions against them. It's a likely event, instead of a freak accident.
Construction workers actually do face non-negligible risk levels, their employees, if not local laws, require them to wear hardhats. Meanwhile, the government brain washes you from an early age that weapons are somehow wrong and need to be kept away from society despite the danger from less than scrupulous people.
re: those stats. They are not comparable at all. The american numbers are for the most serious crimes e.g. rape with violence or assault with serious injury, whereas the uk is counting every kind of sexual offense and any kind of harm (not necessarily even physical or intentional).
Except "those stats" aren't what's been used, it's the detailed data that makes up the actual reports. Violent crime statistics in the US come in a narrower form than that in the UK, but they're also specific and categorized. It was a simple matter for inquisitive minds to compare crime specific statistics. Instead of a 4-1 violent crime rate, the typical European country is closer to 2-1 over the US.
The rest of your post is of a similar nature to the hardhat. There are a massive number of concealed carriers in this country. They are vastly below the general population in criminal violations. Law abiding citizens do not suddenly become animals simply because they have a gun. Having a gun just means that if you get jumped by a guy twice your size, he's going to die instead of pulverize you to whatever degree he feels like achieving. There are hundreds of times as many crimes stopped by legally carrying citizens as there are crimes committed by them.
We need responsible Gun Laws, similar to having Responsible Driving Laws.
Machine guns are illegal to buy now, how many homicides have been committed with legally owned machine guns? Two. One of them by a cop. 250,000 registered machine guns, half of them in the hands of private citizens for decades, and we have a grand total of one homicides to point at. I can't have a minigun because the government is scared of people being sufficiently armed to demand their rights, not because thousands would die in a hail of bullets every year.
Gun laws are arbitrary nonsense as often as not, so called assault weapons are an outright absurdity. The difference between a legal hunting rifle and a previously illegal assault rifle could be such nonsense as a bayonet mount. An antiquated feature that stopped being intelligent when the revolver was invented. A pistol grip will do it too, because everyone knows that a pistol grip makes a shoulder fired rifle better in some magical bullshit way. The other big thing they go after, magazine capacity. Guess what your odds are at taking down more than one assailant with 7 rounds as a casual gun owner? The average cop shoots over five times to drop an assailant, they spend inordinate amounts of time on a shooting range practicing for that. Hundreds of hours of range time is something Susie homemaker probably doesn't have when an armed rapist kicks her door in to have some alone time. If you are the unpracticed average schmuck, you need a low caliber, high capacity magazine. 10 rounds for one person is being marginal with a .22 in such a situation.
if non-firearm weapons can be regulated, then so can firearms. When your "Pro-Arms" groups stand up for my right to carry and use Throwing Stars, I will think about whether or not to support Firearms.
I regularly shit on California for banning everything from slingshots to antique swords. The NRA on the other hand is the National Rifle Association. It may be a worthy cause to lynch all the asshole politicians that decided they had the right to tell you what kind of pocket knife you could carry, but the organization has a specific task. It's also quite silly of you to point to obvious violations of your rights as an American citizen and use them as justification for further violations. You're supposed to rebel against the oppressor, not bend over.