Because fondue insists on including incorrect information in his writeup, I must respond in the interest of truth.

More people die in the U.S. every year than in the Vietnam War due to the proliferation of guns in that country.

This is simply incorrect. According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports, 8,493 persons were murdered using firearms in 2000 (there were also approximately 1,500 accidental deaths involving firearms in 1997, according to the National Safety Council) whereas more than 47,000 Americans were killed in action in the Vietnam conflict, and that's excluding the approximately one million Vietnamese that were killed during the war.