Weren't the British civil wars fought largely between formal armies? The French revolution is a more relevant parallel.
I believe there was a war in England which led to the laws that our own Bill of Rights (and to some degree Constitution) is based on. And I'm sure France has had a civil war or two.
Not really. The French revolution was internal. A closer parallel would be the Irish War of Independence (not the North, the Republic)
Given that it was actually much more recent conflict than US Independence, you would imagine that Ireland would be holding tight to the same ideals that the nation was founded by armed uprising. Yet, the gun laws in Ireland are very similar to those in Australia, and no-one complains about it. Even the police aren't armed (except for a few "swat" style units).