Guerrilla Trash Removal
Mrs. Stoneman and I went to the range again today. She wanted more practice with her carry pistol, and I was determined to get 5-inch groups with the snubby. It only took an hour to empty a box and a half of .38 Special ammo (Mrs. Stoneman’s pistol uses .22 caliber ammunition, and we never count it).
I achieved the groupings I was looking for (at 17 feet), but I recognized that more practice is needed – and therefore, more ammo. What to do?
Then it hit me. Guerrilla Trash Removal.
I could stop paying for trash removal and simply sneak over to a dumpster in the alley behind my house and steal space from the owners of the apartment building it’s behind! I would save $25 a month and that would buy a box of ammo, each month, for my practice sessions.
I probably won’t do that, but guerilla trash removal is one of the reasons why Mrs. Stoneman and I carry and practice.
Recently, after a third vehicle had shown up, within a few hours of each other, to dump trash into that dumpster, (none of which belonged to the apartment building), I called the police to ask if anything could be done – it was starting to overflow. The dispatcher rerouted my call to a Detective with the Drug Enforcement Task Force. That surprised me. Since when was the Drug Enforcement Task Force moonlighting as city code enforcement?
The detective educated me. It seems that when you see guerrilla trash removal, you are witnessing a drug-related crime. Whether that trash goes into a local dumpster or along a country road, the purpose is to get rid of “drug trash”. Trash which would result in a felony charge if you were caught at home with it. He also let me know that some occupants of the apartment across the alley from us were just “busted” for meth production in that house.
Great. They’re cooking meth next door, and local thugs and drug dealers are using a dumpster next to my house to get rid of “drug trash”.
I need more practice. And more ammo.