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In memory: John Ross

John Ross is the author of what has become a classic “underground” novel, “Unintended consequences“, over two decades ago, weaving together a fantastic plot with real historical facts related to the crusade for gun control in the United States

The 860-plus-page novel captured the gun rights movement with a history of resisting government excesses. I completed the last ten chapters while stuck in an airport overnight in Michigan, blocked by a storm en route to that year’s National Rifle Association convention in Charlotte, North Carolina .

I only spoke with Ross once, over the phone, at the time tracking down a rumor that he was working on a sequel. If I remember correctly, it was a pleasant, if brief, conversation.

Ross died suddenly on April 29. He was 64 years old.

Born June 17, 1957, he graduated from John Burroughs High School in Ladue in 1974 and attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, earning a BA in English in 1979. He worked for the EF Hutton company as a broker for about ten years, then devoted himself to writing full time. According to a short obituary, he was a private pilot, firearms expert, instructor and activist.

He is survived by his daughter, Lucy Margaret Ross of Boulder, Colorado, and two sisters, Helen Ross and Lucy Natkiel.

The family has requested that donations be made either to or

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