If you’re not ready to defend yourself, your chances of becoming a victim are increased. “Peace through strength” isn’t just for geopolitics.

A man is in stable condition after being shot during a robbery attempt in Glen Burnie [Maryland] Monday night, according to Anne Arundel County police.

Shortly after 9:30 p.m., a man approached the victim inside his parked vehicle on the 7800 block of South Hampton Drive, displayed a handgun and announced a robbery. The suspect shot the vehicle as the man drove away, and the victim suffered a gunshot wound, according to police.

The perp attempted theft, attempted murder, illegally discharged a firearm, probably one or two other crimes and he probably said some bad words too. Maryland’s tough gun laws didn’t stop him.