This is no irrelevant anachronism of the eighteenth century, but the tragedy that has been the twentieth century as well. Statists or their apologists always avoid seeing the elephant in the discussion here. Powerful states are more dangerous to human life, property, liberty, and rights than any other thing people have ever "accomplished".
By ignoring the realities of power accumulated in the hands of a few men, we have been led into the useless wars of the past one hundred and fifty years, always with the result that at the end, stronger and more dangerous governments have prevailed.
and it's our delusion to call this progress.
Our founding fathers were educated in the classical language and history of Greece and Rome. They had knowledge of how strong governments failed in that history which we seem to know nothing, or admit nothing, about today.
Those who ignore history, or are ignorant of it, have the future prospect of repeating the worst of it in their own times.
So how about looking at gun control laws in various countries around the world today where people live abject lives under governments with no real economic opportunity or significant personal liberties, with totalitarian statists, dictators and fascists and socialists, proscribing the people from owning private weapons for any reason, regulating every other aspect of life. . .for the convenience of efficient elitist rule. . . . this is the contemporary context of this discussion today.
If you like that kind of life, you can easily find places where you can enjoy all that control. Just go, please. Just mind your manners when the revolutionary soldiery with their totally illegal weapons and squabbling over control of the shanties in your neighborhood in gangland fashion come around. . . .