This thread is running along some lines of thought I have been having recently. The area where I live is very "fire arm friendly" (in fact there was a recent u-tube video of a fellow strolling through a local Sears store with an AR-15 strapped to his back.) And it strikes me (at least here) that one would be better off pulling a 9mm and shooting holes in an assailant rather then using a martial art one has spent months and years of sweat and effort to learn. I mean doesn't it seem odd to anyone else that this guy could walk around with a semi-auto rifle and not get hassled? But I'll but fair money that if I walked down the street with a Kwan Tao, a Naginata, or even just a broad sword strapped to my back the police would be all over me.