The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that:
It will not be possible to find out unless Congress rescinds its moratorium on firearm injury prevention research. Since Congress took this action in 1997, at least 427 000 people have died of gunshot wounds in the United States, including more than 165 000 who were victims of homicide.1 To put these numbers in context, during the same time period, 4586 Americans lost their lives in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.10
I’m going to (sadly) assume that the suicides would have occurred anyway even without the guns. But as I have shown previously, American and Australian homicide rates would be roughly the same but for all the guns.The guns drastically increase the success of attacks with the intent to kill.
Let’s look at the numbers. Admittedly the Vietnam war was only 10 years where this sample period is 15 years, so let’s correct for that by seeing what 2/3rds of the domestic gun homicides are. That’s 110,000 gun homicides over 10 years compared to the Vietnam War’s 58,282 KIA. The 2nd Amendment murders twice as many people as were killed in the Vietnam War, and that war had the peaceniks protesting in the streets and burning the American flag!