that most of the people killed by gunfire, it's from a distance? Very little 'up-close-&-personal' involving firearms, it seems. My first thought is the government does NOT want to give the people they're stomping on the chance to obtain arms if they can avoid it; so we have thugs with axes and pipes and batons and such killing and maiming people with the firearm-equipped troops/police staying back. Or so it seems, from what I've read.
When a populace starts off disarmed, it's awful hard to play catch-up.