Holly Fisher sparked an online firestorm after posting images of herself holding a R-15 assault rifle and a bible while standing in front of an American flag. Fisher identifies as a right-wing conservative and blogs about her experiences.
Holly is no stranger to controversy online and received a lot of attention when she tweeted a picture of herself standing in front of a Hobby Lobby store, wearing a pro-life shirt, and holding a Chik-fil-A cup. She posted the image shortly after the Supreme Court ruling allowing the store and another employers with religious convictions to refrain from providing employees access to birth control.
She captioned the tweet-
“ATTENTION LIBERALS: do NOT look at this picture. Your head will most likely explode,”
Once Holly realized she had a captive audience, she followed up her initial explosive tweet with the one previously mentioned in front of the American flag. Fisher told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade that she decided to post the second picture because after the first one, people told her, “The only thing missing is your gun or your bible or your flag.”
“I’m holding my First and Second Amendment rights in my hands,” Fisher told Fox News. “And it all represents freedom.”
The public’s response to Fisher’s images caused them to quickly go viral. The overall consensus was a negative one. With one of the most startling responses to her photo being an Internet meme that puts her picture side by side with a picture of Islamic terrorist Sherafiyah Lewthwaite, who is similarly holding a gun along with a copy of the Quran, along with the caption, “Explain the difference.”
Fisher’s responded to the meme with disdain.
“It’s shocking for me that people would compare somebody that’s standing in front of our flag that represents our freedom–on Independence Day–and I’m holding my First and Second Amendment rights in my hands, and it all represents freedom,” Fisher said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.” “They want to compare me to a woman who thinks quite the opposite. She despises everything about this country and hates this country and would kill all of us if given the opportunity.”In spite of all of the negative responses to her posts Fisher, a West Virginia resident, remains strong on her conservative stance and continues to defend the controversial photos. She says that she is not deterred by the public backlash and will not stop speaking out about her staunch Christian, conservative views.