Back in January, a reader sent me a copy of Unintended Consequences by novelist and expert shooter John Ross. When I say “expert shooter,” I feel compelled to note Ross shoots at least 20,000 rounds a year in calibers starting with 4s and 5s in both rifles and pistols. He’s enough of an expert that Smith & Wesson’s Performance Center even released a special John Ross Edition of their 5-shot .500 S&W Magnum.
The book itself a novel about people pushed too far by an overbearing and corrupt government. The protagonist ends up striking back, triggering a low-grade and highly focused civil war (there’s a Wikipedia plot summary that is accurate enough, if you want to read it). Though the book has been out since 1996, I’d not heard of it until I’d written What you’ll see in the rebellion and Shock the system and readers saw parallels to what I was seeing, and made the suggestion to read the book.
17 years after its first printing, Unintended Consequences seems terrifyingly prescient at times. You’d swear certain political figures in the book were the most thinly-veiled references to real politicians you’ve ever read. For example, a Senator that I thought Ross had pegged in his novel, wasn’t elected until two years afters the book was published.
I’d highly suggest you find a way to buy, beg, or borrow a copy of this very difficult to acquire book.
As the Ross notes in his Author’s Note, “Stripping motivated people of their dignity and rubbing their noses in it is a very bad idea.”
That is a mistake that Washington and it’s allies seem doomed to repeat.