Perhaps we can agree on a few things?
First Myth #8 is pure and utter Hogwash. Video games, rock music, RPGs (IE D&D) and comic books don't cause people to freak out any more than living in our world. All have been used as scapegoats and all are lunacy. They don't have a place in the debate on either side of the dialog.
Second, can we at least agree that crime (violent or otherwise) in the US (where this debate really is taking place), including gun related crime, is at a 20 +/- year low? So while the Mother Jones talks about deaths and fatalities, at least the numbers have been dropping year on year for 20 years? Why? I don't know. I don't think it is an increase or decrease in gun ownership. Though, it may have a bit to do with Roe v. Wade.
There are a lot of sources for this information, but the FBI has a nice table here:
Third, of the gun deaths in the United States 2/3rds are Suicide. Again, numbers are all over the place, but 2/3rds seems to be the accepted figure for the past number of years. CDC, FBI, other sites seem to confirm this. Roughly that makes 20,000 out of the 30,000 gun deaths suicide related. In 2013, Suicide in general (not just firearm suicides) was the number 10 killer in the US. Some 41,000 people committed suicide in 2013. Interestingly enough, according to Wiki this puts the US at 50th in the world.
I myself was kind of surprised by this. Finland, Iceland, Japan, South Korea and Russia beat the US on this harsh fact. I'm not sure that firearms actually have a strong role here, save to say that because firearms are very effective at killing people are more likely to succeed. Australia with a fairly restrictive ban is 63rd (tied with Solomon Islands). US 12.1 per 100K, AU 10.6 per 100K. I'm very proud of the UK, at 105 with 6.2 per 100K.
Fourth, firearms are weapons. They are very effective at being a weapon. Arguably the most effective weapon ever designed next to Atomic weapons. There are few take backs with a firearm. Though accidental (non-crime and non-suicide) death from a firearm is lower than 1000 per year. They are tragic horrible events which for the most part can be prevented. Of course, there are 192,945 accidental deaths a year. So even with firearms being very effective weapons, accounting for 0.05% of all accidental deaths isn't bad. Apparently people are lot safer with firearms than they are given credit.
Assuming you haven't stopped reading and are still with me and we can at least agree on these 4 things then maybe there is hope for the dialog. Even if you agree with 3 out of 4, that is better than most people can do on this topic.
If people want to have a real conversation in this country, then we need to put firearms it in prospective with all other deaths, crime, suicides and bad things which happen in this country. Many of the things which cause suffering have other sources than the tools which are used to cause said suffering. Removing one means, doesn't solve the problem. Removing firearms won't fix the horrible mental health situation in the US. Removing firearms won't stop institutional poverty in the inner cities. Removing firearms won't help unemployed people find jobs to support their families. Removing firearms will, in the end, remove another scape goat political shell game argument for politicians on both sides to hide behind rather than offering real solutions about our world, environment, and economy. Yes, it will perhaps, save ~30,000 people from a gun death. That would be awesome. But only if that 30,000 people don't then die from some other means in just as violent and depressing fashion.
If someone commits suicide via a firearm or by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, does the means matter? If a child gets into a "child proof" bottle of children's Tylenol because it takes like cherries and dies is that better or worse than them doing it with their mom's carry gun?
I like to deal with numbers, big numbers. Lets focus on the big killers, the ones that tear most families apart before we pick on one that happens to be a divisive wedge tool? Why not pick the top 3 killers of people in the United States?
Heart disease: 611,105
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 149,205
They all kind of make firearms deaths look small by comparison.
Or, suicide in general down at 10th with ~40,000 people per year. Even that next to Heart Disease or Cancer seems small. But unlike Heart Disease and Cancer, maybe we could start with the suicides. Figure out how to get people mental health assistance?
Again, focus on the things we agree with rather than fighting over the ones we can't agree with.