Check out Kate’s New Book, Killing Kate!

Kate Ranta did what all women are told to do when they’re in an abusive relationship: she just left. But, she was then in more danger. Killing Kate: A Story of Turning Abuse and Tragedy into Transformation and Triumph, follows Kate from the beginning of her relationship to the climax at the end, when she and her father used their combined strength to push against her front door as her estranged husband, an Air Force Major, tried to push his way inside. In an ambush, he fired bullets through the door, shooting Kate and her father in front of the couple’s then 4-year-old son.

Within its chapters, Killing Kate details episodes of her husband’s mind games, ways the legal system let her down and her journey to rebuild her life after the shooting. Authors Kate Ranta and Alisa Divine released their book with the intention of informing women of warning signs of abusive relationships and to share hope for healing afterwards. The book is a rallying cry for women to identify the red flags of domestic violence, support each other through the process and help women avoid entering abusive relationships in the first place.

Foreword by Actor and Activist Evan Rachel Wood!

Killing Kate is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Personal Power Press.

Kate's Story

Kate Ranta is a public figure in the gun reform and violence against women movements. In 2012—after leaving an emotionally, financially, and sexually abusive marriage—Kate’s ex-husband stalked her to her apartment in Parkland, FL, where he shot her twice and her father twice in front of her then 4-year-old son. One bullet destroyed her right hand, and another went through her left breast, just missing her heart. Her father was shot in his left arm, which is still disabled, and in his left side, just missing his heart and lung. Although not physically hurt, Kate’s son witnessed the entire event from start to finish.

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 in the Media

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The Spouse Angle Podcast

Her Air Force husband tried to kill her. Now she’s helping other victims of domestic violence

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Featured quote in People Magazine

Evan Rachel Wood on Surviving Domestic Violence and 'Rising from the Ashes'

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Shattered
WAMU

Life After Being Shot

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Brady United Podcast

Minisode 3: Kate Ranta on Domestic Violence, Gun Violence, and Her Book, Killing Kate

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Touch Point Media

The Intersecton Podcast
Kate Ranta: Killing Kate – Part One

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Touch Point Media

The Intersecton Podcast
Kate Ranta: Killing Kate – Part Two

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The Kojo Nnamdi Show, NPR

‘Shattered’ Looks at Life After Being Shot

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The Cut on Tuesdays

Down the Street from a Mass Shooting

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Virginia Badass Podcast

A Discussion on Domestic Violence with Guest Kate Ranta

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Featured story

#SheWins: Harrowing Stories From Women Who Survived Domestic Abuse, by Alisa Divine

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Inside Scoop

TV Show, Fairfax VA

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Amnesty International USA End Gun Violence Campaign

The sheer volume of people killed or injured each year in the USA by gunfire is a human rights crisis.

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Washington Post Magazine

This group trains women to run for office. Here’s how one outraged, post-Trump class fared.

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Rolling Stone Magazine

America’s Gun Violence Epidemic

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Documentary Film

Making A Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA

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Documentary Film

Finding Jenn’s Voice

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Beacon Press

Bullets into Bells
Included in poetry anthology about American gun violence

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Spike Lee NBA Finals Gun Violence Segment

Kate Ranta – End Gun Violence

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C-SPAN

Gun Control Legislation Press Conference with Speaker Pelosi

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Huffington Post

Why Didn’t You Just Leave?

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Mud to Lotus Podcast

Interview with Kate Ranta on Surviving

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Can Rock and Roll Save America Podcast

Reflecting on the March For Our Lives

Get in touch

kate.ranta22@gmail.com