Depends on what the ROEs are. We've heard your argument before which is why the Phantom II was fielded without a gun.
The F-4 was a long time ago. The only close-in dogfights that occurred in Iraq were between an A-10 and a helicopter.
“We’ve heard your argument before which is why the Phantom II was fielded without a gun.”
The difference is the change in reliability of missiles over the last 60 years. The AIM-9 was pretty decent in the early 80s, when I was a WSO in F-4s, but the reliability now is much better. So is the weapons envelope, and so is the reliability of radar missiles.
In a modern dogfight, trying to go for guns is a good way of dying...
The gun was great to have for CAS. Unfortunately, the USAF does not believe in CAS (look at all the respect they give the Warthog community, in spite of the fact that the ground pounders love the ‘Hogs). The Air Force ends up hanging bombs on fighters for their CAS missions.
Talk about the Su-35 and its airshow performance; the F-16 wowed’ em at the airshows. What did it end up doing? CAS. At least they finally put a gun on it.