Kate Ranta is the mother of two boys, a marketing professional, and a survivor of intimate partner and gun violence. She and her father survived two bullets each when her ex-husband ambushed her at her home and shot them. The couple’s then 4-year-old son witnessed the shooting. Kate has been an activist for several years, and has appeared in documentary films, in national media, and on expert panels.
In the years since the shooting, Kate has elevated her story in documentaries, television, online media, and print publications, as well as spoken out publicly at rallies—in particular, on the steps of the Capitol with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. John Lewis—and participated on numerous panels nationally. As a survivor, she is aligned with many national and local grassroots gun violence prevention groups.
Kate focuses her work on raising awareness about the deadly intersection between guns and domestic abusers. Kate’s ex-husband was a Major in the Air Force who had many weapons, but she didn’t know the danger she was in as he became increasingly abusive—especially once she left. When a gun is present in a domestic violence situation, women are 500% more likely to die. And, 57% of mass shootings in America (defined as four or more people dead) are domestic violence-related.
Kate is the co-author of “Killing Kate: A Story of Turning Abuse and Tragedy into Transformation and Triumph.”
Book: Killing Kate: A Story of Turning Abuse and Tragedy into Transformation and Triumph