Now I don't have numbers to back this up, but I've heard for years from various sources that if you remove the black-on-black and gang crime from US statistics, our crime rates per capita are on par with that of European countries.
And again, I'll harp on my favorite point - yes, a few thousand guns are used to kill people annually in the US. But there are also 300 MILLION guns in private hands in the United States. Do the math. 299.998 million guns do nothing except put food on the table, destroy little clay discs, punch holes in paper, and bring joy to their owners.
That still does not mean that we just sit idle around and do nothing to prevent the crime.