The intention of gun control laws is to minimize access to these weapons. The statistics stated in this article speak for themselves, a reduction in access to guns would lead to reduced homicides and potentially prevent suicides. The only reason why guns are required for self defense is because they exist for attack, the self defense argument is circular and stupid.
Magnitude 4.2 quake strikes near Grand Coulee Dam in Washington (Reuters)
from the article: The gun lobby and the freedoms of the quiet American monster