DravidDavid:KiwiNZ: A pistol is more or less useless contrary to what Hollywood would have one believe.
Let's open carry AR-15 assault rifles instead then. Hollywood was never a benchmark for anything. Pistols are very effective close to mid range. It's not like I'm going to be sniping offenders from the top of radio towers, either.
Nobody suggested a wild west strategy either. The ability to conceal carry does not mean we can compare ourselves to the USA or the "Wild West" in terms of craziness. Proper training, regulation, endorsements and licensing should mitigate any concerns the general public have with their safety.
Those who wish to legally arm themselves to defend their person and the general public should be allowed to in the event an unlicensed crazy person decides to go on a shoot-out.
Many already carry knives on them for self defense (and other illegal items) which as pointed out in this thread, can be just as deadly.
With a pistol you would struggle to hit anything, even the other side of the lounge.
As for carrying concealed weapons at least the law makers here show more sense.