Chet I don't think being the most powerful of their kind hundreds of years apart allows them to be discussed as anywhere near equal.
As an exaggerated example consider this. A person with a modern machine gun type assault weapon could stand holding the loaded weapon with a large clip... sneeze due to seasonal allergies and with an unanticipated flinch accidentally shoot 30 others if as is common in America- they are bragging about their new toy at a picnic. If you sneezed with a musket, one might get shot. Not 30. That's why it's 1000 times more dangerous because there's no limits on who can buy 1 or 10.
Tony, the problem with Chet is that he can't think or transfer his mind into 1800. He talks his way out as Trump does.
He forgets that this country is the champion of killing its own people by guns, as an national hobby. But people here are indoctrinated that "terrorists" are more dangerous. What a joke!!
Anyway "facts"may help Chet.
I used to have an set of 1775 French pistols with flintlock; just to load them it took lots of time for just "one" shot. During that time these guns were "hand" made; not the robot factory production as now. Because of that they were very expensive for that time and only few private people where able to afford those The "militia" was mentioned as who could have these guns, not the public. Of course "settlers" were allowed to have these for their own protection to defend against Indians or dangerous wildlife without "rules" at that time.Thus there is no comparison whatsoever with 2017. The whole 2nd Amendment should be abolished and new laws, based upon countries who have proper laws as well have the lowest gun death per percent of inhabitants should be drafted and approved..
This looks to me more important even than abolishing ACA., because guns kills more people than just about anything else.