League of Women Voters hosts gun violence survivor, documentary, discussion at freeFall Theatre
In 2012, Kate Ranta was dealing with a contentious divorce when her estranged husband Thomas Maffei arrived at her apartment, demanding to be admitted. She refused, struggling to hold the door shut.
Maffei was armed. He fired a gun through the door, striking Ranta in her right hand and left breast. Maffei kept firing, Ranta's visiting father took two bullets. Both victims survived, and Maffei was arrested at the scene.
Ranta's 4-year-old son witnessed everything.
Now a advocate against gun violence, Ranta will share her story on June 7 at St. Petersburg's freeFall Theatre, at a free showing of the documentary Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA. Show time is 6 p.m.
Earlier that day, Ranta is scheduled to testify against her ex-husband at his attempted first degree murder trial in Orlando.
Making a Killing examines different forms of gun violence, including suicides, unintentional shootings, domestic abuse, urban gun violence, and mass shootings. As the title suggests, the movie explores the National Rifle Association's role in blocking gun control legislation.
After the screening, St. Petersburg councilwoman Lisa Wheeler Brown and Dr. David Berman of Doctors for American Gun Safety, will join Renta in a panel discussion on American gun violence.