all the gun suicides and accidental shootings both of which which far outnumber either criminal murders or especially self protective acts.
However removing guns from Americans is like trying to unbake a cake. Now that everybody is armed to the teeth, nobody will give up anything. It may be ludicrous, and lethally damaging to the families, but it won't happen. However, if you compare statistics you get an idea of what might result from the change.
The UK has a murder rate of 1.4 per 100,000, the US has a murder rate of 4.8 per 100,000, roughly 3 and a half times as great. If you accept the Wikipedia figure of 14,748 murders annually not including accidental deaths or suicides and divide by 3.5 which is about the difference between 4.8 US and 1.4 UK you still come up with 10,000+ lives saved if the US murder rate could be reduced to the level of that in the UK. Canada incidentally is 1.9 per 100,000 The US murder rate does not include accidental deaths or suicides which raise that figure considerably.
As for Wikipedia as a source for statistics. The Statistics are not created for Wikipedia by the authors, they are drawn from other authors' work often the FBI or other Government Agencies, but knowing you Edward you probably don't accept Government Statistics either.
I don't expect you to accept it. It contradicts everything you believe even if you have no unbiased statistical evidence to back up your contention, and you leave things out of the equation just like Kellerman did. If you had read the Wikipedia article on Kellerman, you would have seen that the author of the article acknowledged the absence of things like "brandishing a fire-arm to ward off attack". It was quite a balanced assessment.
The percentage of successful use of a firearm
"* 0.5% of these (firearm-related deaths in the home where the gun was kept) involved an intruder shot while attempting entry
"* 1.8% of these (firearm-related deaths in the home where the gun was kept) were judged by police as self-defense"
"* there were 1.3 times as many accidental firearm-related deaths in the home where the gun was kept as self-protection shootings
"* there were 4.6 times as many criminal firearm-related homicides in the home where the gun was kept as self-protection shootings
"* there were 37 times as many suicides in the home where the gun was kept as self-protection shootings."
If you eliminate all these additional deaths, accidental, criminal homicides in the home (usually killing a spouse, usually the woman) and suicides then you vastly reduce the death toll. Not everyone who has an impulse to kill him or herself will go to the trouble or be as successful using other methods. The impulse can occur and be acted upon within seconds with a hand gun. Pills, cutting wrists, jumping off balconies or bridges are neither as instantly fatal in the case of Pills or wrist cutting, or as easy, balconies and bridges, as pulling the trigger of a gun.
The simplest way to say it is that guns cost many more lives than they save, and many more innocent people are killed by guns than are criminals, even excluding suicides which are the largest number of people killed by a gun kept in the home.
One of the statistics missing from Kellerman are the number of people killed when their own gun is used on them by criminals. 500,000 hand guns are stolen each year which keeps criminals very well armed.
I actually knew a woman who did commit suicide by defenestration (literally jumping or being thrown out a window) and since she lived in a bungalow she had to go to extreme lengths to find a balcony high enough and then to talk herself into the apartment before she jumped to her death. Very few people are that desperate or that functional when they are depressed as to research all of her daughters classmates home addresses, create an issue to discuss with a complete stranger then drive over there, and abandon her daughter when she jumped. That is a very extreme act.