Many people know Molly Shannon from her roles on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" -- Mary Katherine Gallagher, the Catholic schoolgirl with the nervous habit of putting her hands under her armpits to smell them; and Sally O’Malley, who would often declare: “I’m 50. 50 years old.” But long before Shannon was even 40 (she’ll be 49 in September) and a couple of years before she became a comedy sensation, she appeared in a National Rifle Association ad, reports Gawker.

The pro-gun 1993 TV commercial, titled “Laughing Criminal,” features Shannon in a speaking role. Playing the staff member of an anti-gun congressman, according to Gawker, she shakes her head unhappily while telling the congressman: "You're in the re-election business." And about gun-control measures, she says, "We've already got 20,000 of them."

Gawker's story appeared shortly after a Mother Jones article that chronicles the history of National Rifle Association advertisments.


Molly Shannon

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Shannon, who also authored the children’s book "Tilly the Trickster" and has starred in movies including "Bad Teacher" and "Evan Almighty," isn't usually thought of as a political influencer. She did, however, support President Obama’s re-election campaign and has supported his work with LGBT rights, Gawker notes. The website said it reached out to Shannon's publicists for comment but they hadn't responded.


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