Would stricter gun laws have prevented today’s shooting at Los Angeles International Airport? Former talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael thinks so.


Unless of course having a gun makes you feel more safe.

It is a good question, because there are strict laws against that (not to mention laws against murder). Maybe more laws will help, according to Raphael.

Editor’s note: The title of this post has been updated to correct a spelling error


Related Twitchy coverage of the LAX shooting:

LAX shooting suspect carried ‘kill TSA and pigs’ note; NBC reporter concludes ‘strong anti government views’

‘They’re telling him stuff now?’: Obama reportedly briefed on LAX; Still clueless about everything else

Actor Tim Daly describes the scene of LAX shooting

‘MythBusters’ star Grant Imahara pestered for having profile pic with ‘gun’ while live-tweeting LAX shooting

‘Holy s***!!!’: Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara of ‘MythBusters’ live-tweet gunfire at LAX [pics]

Report: Shooting at LAX [pics]; Update: LAPD: Suspect in custody; One TSA employee killed

  • JD

    Wow. Sally Jessy actually taught me something today. Granted, it was that she is still alive, but that’s something, right?

    • Lexikin

      Right??!?!?! That’s the first thing that went through my mind! LOL!

    • mickeyco

      Talk about useless information.

      • Vitiosum

        Yes, pretty useless. However, when I was a young teen, I really enjoyed listening to her late at night on a.m. radio. I seemed to be the only teen that knew anything about talk radio at 13. She is actually the first one I found and I give her credit for opening that particular part of of my life to talk radio. It’s a shame she is what she is now, but I learned a valuable lesson, from there I was able to find talk radio of all kinds and now I know how to listen calmly to most talk radio. I was a bit surprised to find that she was still alive.

        • Vitiosum

          And then I found Dr. Ruth Westheimer! Yikes!

          • mickeyco

            No! You’ve recovered haven’t you?

          • Vitiosum

            Absolutely, but barely!

  • Richard J Sunkle

    California already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country.

    We can even open carry in the Michigan state capitol building and I can’t remember the last mass shooting here.

    • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

      I take pride in the fact that my .45, both of my M1As, one of my .40s, and my Benelli all came in boxes that had big bold letters declaring


  • TroyGates

    “I have a right to feeling somewhat safe” by protecting myself with a gun.

    • OpenTheDoor

      A guy cruises thru a stop sign and gets pulled over by a local policeman. Guy hands the cop his driver’s license, insurance verification, plus his concealed carry permit.
      “Okay, Mr. Smith,” the cop says, “I see your CCW permit. Are you carrying today?”
      “Yes, I am.”
      “Well then, better tell me what you got.”
      Smith says, “Well, I got a .357 revolver in my inside coat pocket. There’s a 9mm semi-auto in the glove box. And, I’ve got a .22 magnum derringer in my right boot.”
      “Okay,” the cop says, “Anything else?”
      “Yeah, back in the trunk, there’s an AR15 and a shotgun. That’s about it.”
      “Mr. Smith, are you on your way to or from a gun range…?”
      “Well then, what are you afraid of…?”
      “Not a damn thing…”

  • Politiwars

    Meanwhile the guy that beat 8 people to death in Georgia was found guilty today.

    Funny how there was no outcry to ban hands when this happened.

  • BoscoBolt

    “how the Hell did he get it into the Airport ??”

    Uh, he walked in.

    (Perhaps we should ban walking?)

    Stupid liberals.

    • Champagne Sandy

      It was bound to happen someday. You can’t get into a Russian airport terminal without going through a security checkpoint – all bags are scanned and people have to go to go through metal detectors.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Quick, someone make airports into gun free zones!

    Oh wait…

  • Al’s Sad Grampa ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Doesn’t she have some unwed, pregnant teenage girls she can exploit?

  • adam

    What’s ironic is that on October 5th she posted a pic of an old lady with an AK who uses it to protect her family and included the hashtag #womenrule

    • http://lordfoggybottom.com/ BlahBlah

      But the AK is not an assault rifle. HAHAHAHAHAHA

    • Republicanvet

      Well, in what’s left of Sally’s mind, the LAX shooter WAS a man.

    • Jarhead83

      AK-47, AR-15, it’s all the same thing to them…

      • Champagne Sandy

        Its no longer an AK-47 – its an AR-15…

  • John Howard

    Surest way to prevent a wacko from shooting up an airport: Remove the ‘gun free zone’ and ‘I’ll meet no resistance’ thoughts from the mind of the wacko.

    • MrRichPeoples

      Are you suggesting that airports should no longer be ‘gun free zones’?

    • aztectrumpet

      Im fine with it being gun-free besides air marshals. Can’t afford to have just anyone have a gun on a plane.

      • Ken Alan Draper

        yes let’s limit the gun carrying to U.S. gub’ment officials & those criminals who are a little smarter then puff daddy & shaniqua the TSA screeners who spent the majority of their time feeling up grandma & the 4 year old girl.

    • TopCat_Texas

      OK, where is exactly the right mix?
      1) I think that for one, every airport in the US should have the same rules, namely because the passenger does not always know where the plane is going to land, especially in cases of emergency or weather.
      2) I think that CCW people should be allowed to carry in the public part of the airport (parking lots, lobby, outside secured areas)
      3) I think that there should be a way to check guns for travel that is not different in every state. The issue is that if you plane connection in say “New Jersey” is canceled and you need to pick up your bags and take them to another airline, maybe the next day. You could be forced to violate NJ state laws the minute you pick up your bags and that is not fair or just.
      4) Not sure there is anything to fix in the airplane, probably a case could be made of more air marshals and off duty police to carry.

      • Ranba_Ral

        Recall reading a news article a week or so ago about #3 happening, but in New York. Guy is looking at serious jail time for violating their laws, and he was never even originally supposed to be in the state, and got gigged for declaring his weapons like he did at his point of origin.

  • Al’s Sad Grampa ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    It just occurred to me that in the photo that twitchy used for this, she looks like the bastard child of Milton Berle.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Milton Berle– now there was a dangerous weapon of quite another sort, if the urban legends are to be believed.

    • Weygand

      See, that’s what i thought. Because no one gives a squirt of piss about her input, we must be meant to feel pity on her and curse time for ravaging her Nordstrom looks down to Sprouse-Reitz

  • http://lordfoggybottom.com/ BlahBlah

    I have a deal for you Sally. You give up that offensive hair color and the moronic red hipster glasses and we give up guns. I have the right to not be visually assaulted. Thanks dear.

    • mickeyco

      But if she loses her glasses, she loses her trademark white rabbit look.

  • Texan357

    Because outlawing murder stopped murder. Similarly rape, robbery / burglary… It bears repeating… “Outlaw guns, and only outlaws will have guns.” Also – when you need a police officer, one is only minutes away, but when you need to defend yourself, your firearm is only seconds away. I and my beloved .357 (which forms my namesake) ensure the safety of myself and my family. Nothing else. I think it has to do with a mentality of eternal dependence upon a sort of parental figure (in this case, the government) versus the hard-core, rugged individual merit that made this country, and its people, the best in the world. The “I don’t NEED you” (paging Piers Morgan) mentality versus the “WE ARE ALL JULIA” cradle-to-grave dependency that rightly disgusts adults.

  • twinx

    I thought she was dead.

    • mickeyco

      Thought it was just me.

  • HanaFiveO

    Why do progs always seem to think that the answer to ineffective laws is more ineffective laws?
    Here’s an idea Red, why don’t we talk about the root causes of these incidents, a culture permeated by violence and mental illness?

    • Texan357

      Why do progs always seem to think that the answer to ineffective laws is more ineffective laws?

      Because if it should so happen that when their policies “fail,” they simply didn’t try hard enough. Stimulus Porkulus too small! Stupid plebs not like Obamacare, want “bad apple” policies they are too stupid to realize that they’re not happy with!

      Captaaain Caaaaavemaaaannn!!!!

      • HanaFiveO

        Thanks, you actually made me LOL with that one!

  • Brother bob

    There are laws against stupid liberals yet there are still stupid liberals

  • Texan357

    She looks like a wax museum replica of herself at +10 years of age. Not that this has any bearing on her opinions, but damn.

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    “a semi-automatic assault weapon” — translation: a rifle
    “w/ multiple magazines” — translation: w/ bullets

    Without the evocative and distortive adjectives, it really isn’t that threatening:
    a rifle w/ bullets.

    • Ken Alan Draper

      semi-automatic weapon and assault weapon are completely opposite things. you can’t have a semi-automatic automatic rifle.

      • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

        I really wasn’t addressing her ability to make sense, just her senseless use of pointless rhetoric. Liberals call everything an assault weapon; definitions mean nothing to them.

        • Ranba_Ral

          Exactly. After the Navy Yard shooting, some of the progs and news outlets started referring to Remington 870’s, one of the (if not the) most common pump action shotgun on the planet, as a “Police/Military style assault shotgun”.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    My feelings will always trump your constitutional rights. I just thought I’d let you ‘baggers know. K?

    • mickeyco

      Think somebody took you seriously

      • objectivefactsmatter

        I seriously thought that my feelings were the gold standard for determining everyone’s rights. Huh.

    • ObamaFail

      You liberal jackasses don’t care about our safety or the safety of our children. So your feelings? You can stick them up your ass. Attack us all you want, but I bet the shooter turns out to be an Obama supporter. Just like Dorner was, just like Hissan was, just like Lanza was, just like Holmes was. The Constitution is the law of the land. You libs don’t mind spouting off “it’s the law” about Obamacare, so you liberals are just going to have to deal with us owning guns. Because frankly, you libs aren’t even mentioning the gun violence done by illegally obtained weapons.

    • Markward

      What a fascist you are.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        But fascists are mean. I know what’s good for you and I really care.

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    “I have the right to feeling somewhat safe!” – Susan Pressler

    That is more disturbing than Raphael’s stupidity; she thinks that she has a right to “feel” a certain way!

    • Texan357

      It’s amazing what become “rights” while not being a part of the Constitution, while what are actually Rights guaranteed by the Constitution become not. Citizens are such pesky creatures, what with their insisting upon upholding what are actually Rights.

  • Hot_wings


    • Texan357

      I think Patton Oswalt led that charge already…

  • lonestar

    Why is she still wearing her halloween costume?

  • Michelle ✓classified

    Sally lives in NY, she can keep her nose in business over.

    • HanaFiveO

      That explains a lot. Gun control has worked so well in NY. Now that they arent doing stop and frisk anymore, it should work even better.

      • Golphin

        Wait til Duh Blasio takes over.
        Dinkins 2.0.
        Murders will climb back to 2000+ instead of 4-500.
        Oh well — just like Chicago it’s just roevWade after birth.

        • HanaFiveO

          Im thankful that I dont live in NY with DeBlasio as mayor. As the Dems are so fond of saying; elections have consequences. Good luck NY, I think you’re going to need it.

  • froggy19510

    Ok. Sally go back to your room it’s time for your meds. If you are nice you can have a nice bowl of soup and a nice nap. Won’t that be nice?

  • http://www.nleomf.org/officers/ FlatFoot

    Holy mackerel! Somewhere in America, a circus is missing its Bozo. **egad**

  • http://JustWordsNot.com/ JMigyanka

    No country for carrot tops.

  • Kurt Fischback

    Really? Stricter gun laws for law-abiding citizens? If you really want to cause some harm, you can get your hands on anything you want. Sally, who gives a f&*k what you think.

    • IBXNJ

      Hey Sally, before trying to disarm law abiding citizens, can YOU please enlighten us all how YOU are going to disarm people like: The Hell’s Angels, MS13, Bloods, Crips, Aryan Brotherhood, Latin Kings and the like???

  • Guest

    this old hag is still alive? Geesh, just shut up and croak already. Maybe she shoudl realize that even in her old haggard age the same mechanically capable gun was already well used by the public and for sale without needing any background check or anything. You could order it from a catalog and have it delivered to your front door. idiot…

  • Maxx

    There should be a law against a wig that color.

    That is all.

  • DeadlockVictim

    Mohammad H. Prophet, does she seriously go out in public looking like that!?

    • mickeyco

      She used to be uglier

  • Gordon Crisp

    Is she still alive? Does anyone still tweet?

  • AZWarrior

    And here we go ….

    • DWAAP

      All 3 who refused to take there meds…………….go figure!

      • Guest

        Slight correction, it’s their(pronoun) meds.

        • Michelle ✓classified

          Slight correction, it + is = it’s and not its. It’s is a contraction. Its is possessive.

          • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

            winning …

          • Michelle ✓classified

            I don’t usually play Grammar Nazi on the Interwebz, but seriously, if you’re going to correct someone else’s grammar at least do so without making grammar errors.

            I just noticed he edited his comment to use the correct form of “it’s” after he was called out on it. *snort*

          • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

            Yes, I read your posts regularly. I’ve yet to not get a laugh when you intend a laugh, or your point when you make one.

            I type horribly, spell even worse. I never comment on poor spelling or poor typing. The measure of a comment lies not in its presentation.

    • ObamaFail

      Fun fact! All of them are Democrats.

  • neoface

    let’s talk about mental illness first!!! What did sally do to her face, made it uglier????

    • DWAAP

      Not to mention the hair color……wow!

    • mickeyco

      I haven’t seen her in probably 30 years, but she looks to me like her whole face sorta dropped into her chin.

      • neoface



    Well, here’s a thought, how about we put the mentally unstable where they belong, instead of loading them up on meds they refuse to take. It was not the guns fault, it was the insane azzhole that pulled the trigger!
    Sally, you are an idiot!

  • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

    No, it’s not.

    It’s time for airline and even airport security to be in the hands of the private sector.

  • Rob Kempton

    ugly hair liberal hag

  • Ramone Love

    Wow, Kelly Osborne has really aged a lot…

  • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

    Let me field those questions, Sal.

    1) No. Stricter gun control laws won’t stop shootings because, well, criminals and crazy people don’t give a damn about obeying laws.
    2) I’m going to guess you’re pro-baby-death and have no sense of irony whatsoever.
    3) Like everybody else: through a door.

    Now allow me to ask you a question. Could I get a Coke to go with my Grand Slam Breakfast?

  • Patrick Callahan

    Isn’t it time for Sally not to open her mouth on matters she knows very little about?

    • mickeyco

      Poor thing would always have her mouth shut.

  • John Alvarado

    Let’s do some gun control tests and see what we get. Oh here are the results. Chicago: Fail, Washington D.C: Fail and Mexico: Big Failure.

  • BluLou

    So Sally how many more babies need to be murdered via abortions before you start speaking out about that. The 2nd amendment guarantees us the right to bear arms, try reading the constitution. Most of these idiots obtain their guns ILLEGALY. What exactly is another law going to stop?

  • Jack Deth


    One more insignificant voice added to the screeching, pooh flinging, ignorant liberal chorus.

    Question for Ms. Raphael:

    Weren’t you somebody…. Thirty years ago?

  • Weygand

    I’m calling bullshit on this article. The only reason it is posted is because the picture of her is horrid and someone has an axe to grind. Look at the poor woman…the hair…eyes at 2 different latitudes…this is low rent. How are we supposed to take her message seriously?

    I mean look at SJR….

    Time is cruel

    • Weygand

      Maybe it was a Halloween costume

  • SisterMary

    Gee, if only that TSA agent had had a gun…

  • Red Fred

    I hope to God that’s an old pic and she isn’t still wearing those dumb ass red glasses.

  • Red Fred

    Witness says handgun and pump shotgun not semi-auto AR15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osi0I9q0WmY#t=32

  • DennisW

    I had forgotten all about Sally! Thanks Twitchy! Sarcasm intended.

  • SAE

    I guess she will be providing everyone with 24hr bodyguards right?

  • descolada9

    And she wonders why she no longer has a show?

  • MNWoman

    “It is a good question, because there are strict laws against that (not to mention laws against murder). Maybe more laws will help, according to Raphael.”

    This is such a under-emphasized point. Murder is illegal. I am a supporter of the 2nd amendment and absolutely condemn murder.

    Laws agains murder have not deterred violent criminals from committing violent crimes, including murder. I am quite certain that stronger gun control laws will only leave life and law respecting civilians vulnerable and leave the violent criminals, who have no respect for life or laws, in a more powerful position.

  • Markward

    Sorry, you do not have the right to feel safe, as there is no way to be 100% safe. The act of living is a risk. Cells dividing can have a shift or deletion and that will result in a mutation that will lead to cancer. Going outside introduces cars, rapist, muggers, lighting strikes, and dog attacks to name a few things that can happen.

    The only thing you can do is understand that there is reasonable risks, and prepare for those risks that are unreasonable. People who carry know that if something should happen, they may very well become the first responder- because we know that the world is not a safe place.

  • John Alvarado

    Dear Sally, Lat time I remember seeing you on tv, I was 5 years old and now I am 20. So in other words Why do you matter anymore?

    • mickeyco

      She and I are a lot older than you, John. I haven’t seen her in at least 35 years and, trust me, she didn’t matter then any more than she does now.

  • Once you go Bear, Arnie Grape

    Why do these people seem to care nothing about the thousands gunned down in a lot of poor neighborhoods that the liberals were going to turn around like 50 years ago. The liberals were the ones that said hey lets build huge housing projects and put poor people in those places and they will live happily ever after. She made her fortune off a lot of those poor people coming on her show too. I bet she lives in her palace with security now and thinks she has some say or sway over other peoples lives and rights. What a joke.

  • Lady_Clare

    Actually, Sally, I think it’s time to get at least ONE mirror in your house.

  • AMERICAN Kafir™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈwhitey

    .@SJRaphael So what, you don’t think he got probed a little too ‘deep’ from the prison scum that is the TSA? EH?

  • Isschade

    How did someone get into an airport ??? Don’t they have doors at LAX ?? What a STUPID woman… good grief !!!

  • Paul C.

    It’s NEVER the CRAZY always the gun.

  • Richard Nightwood

    Definitely time for stricter clown-costume control, including hers.

    What scares people more, guns or clowns?

  • Golphin

    Is she living in her car again?

  • John Howard

    Sally looks like someone cross-bred Sgt Bilko with Lucille Ball.

  • praymorenow1

    1. Who?
    2. Oh her, wow, she’ s still alive?
    3. LA City, LA County, So. Cal., all of Calif. has strict, strict, often stupidly so, gun bans, gun & ammo limits & bans, & gun ‘control’ laws in droves……beyond the beyond and over that…more laws.
    4. Those laws have yet to stop the Crips and Bloods, Mexican Mafia, Skinheads, petty thiefs, violent criminals, and mentally ill – yet otherwise normal appearing -people from stealing, bartering for, buying online, buying illegally, weapons of every shape and form.
    Wow, she’s still alive. I’m stunned. Next thing you know, you’ll tell me Captain Kangaroo is alive, no wait, he really is dead.

  • https://youtu.be/h82D5ZvcALM CrustyB

    She looks like an extra from “Pee Wee’s Playhouse.”

  • DrSamHerman

    From where in hell did they dig her up? She looks like Boris Karloff in a wig.

  • Vitiosum

    This gun issue is never going away. I will not be swayed by people like her.

  • https://www.facebook.com/captainclarity CaptainClarity

    Seeing the current Sally reminded me of a joke that my MOM makes:

    “Men grow distinguished with age; women rot.”

    (don’t get mad at me; it’s my mom’s joke)

    • missyree68

      Her hair and glasses clash (color wise) don’t you think. Red and orange . . . NO!

      • https://www.facebook.com/captainclarity CaptainClarity

        Agreed. It’s kind of similar to the way her face and my eyes clash.

  • porgiefirefighter

    Sorry Sally, until you take off those ridiculous glasses I cannot take you seriously.

  • TDS

    “Further, how the Hell did he get it into the Airport ??” VERY good question.”
    Yeah, you’d think there would be some kind of rules against what he did…

  • y_sufferfools

    No Sally Jessie, it’s time for stricter control over ridiculously foolish, intellectually vacuous Hollywood sycophants, who have the misconstrued perception that anyone gives a damn about their opinions… so shut up and leave the thinking to those of us who actually produce something of value for a living.

    • ernst1776

      And stricter control of the color red. She looks like a circus clown.

  • LegalizeShemp

    That’s right Sally, how many more people have to die before you left wing morons realize that guns are not the problem ??

  • John

    Nice Halloween costume SJR, get much candy with that?

  • pbtruth

    Have none of these entertainment dimwits noticed that the mass shootings happen in the places that have the strictest gun bans. I know common sense is gone but even an idiot should be able to figure that out. I know I would at least want a chance to protect myself. I don’t have gun carrying bodyguard, you bunch of entertainment phoneys

  • James Neal

    Isn’t it time for stricter lipstick and eyeglass control??

  • Jeanette Victoria ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    What we need is stricter LOON CONTROL 50 years ago deranged folks would have been in a state hospital. And remember 50 years ago guns were easier to get. The problem is not guns but the fact that progressives think the deranged have every right to terrorize the sane.