Also realize the rate of gun deaths typically includes people shot in self defense protecting their life or a family member. This happens a LOT. That should not be included in the homicide rate. That's one of the reasons we have guns. When seconds count, cops are 45 minutes away.
I am not clear on why you believe that people shot in self defense while protecting their own should be excluded from the numbers, they're still dead, by guns. Yes, we'll never be protected by cops, their main job is to triage the scene of the crime and take down a report if they feel like it and can't talk the victim out of it because "oh the horror! So much paperwork!".
And if you think the US govt is screwed up now? Wait until they think we're all unarmed and totally powerless. They may have tanks and drones but the thought of people getting shot still gives them pause.
How much more screwed up do we need to get before gun owners rise up? I asked a colleague about this and his answer made me sad, they'll only get mad enough to fight back when the government literally attempts to physically wrest their guns from the general populace. Other than that, warrantless searches, curtailment of free speech, poisoning of the people, insane wealth concentration, increasing restrictions on gun ownership and ammo all good, just don't make a physical grab at the guns. So the guns that are supposed to protect our rights are only going to be used to protect the 2nd. Seems like the govt has found a pretty nifty way to keep the gun owners passive and out of the fray. So my answer is, as screwed up as they want to we are already unarmed and totally powerless due to our mindset, oh and "American Idol".