Army mom's photo with flag, gun and Bible sets off Twitter firestorm


Holly Fisher, an Army wife and mom of three from Charleston, W. Va., poses with an American flag, gun and Bible on the Fourth of July 2014. Photo Credit: Twitter / @HollyRFisher

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A gun, an American flag and a Bible. For Holly Fisher, that's the epitome of patriotism, but a photo of her posing with these three items on the Fourth of July has landed the Army wife and mother of three at the center of a social media firestorm.

Posted to Twitter, the photo of the mom from Charleston, West Virginia, has drawn nearly 1,900 retweets and 2,500 favorites in less than a week, setting off an online debate among supporters and detractors.

More than 4,000 tweets have since used the hashtag #IStandWithHolly, while critics have used the hashtag ironically.

The Twitter backlash included a tweet from the user @pdxprogressiveX that juxtaposed Fisher's photo and that of a veiled woman posing similarly with a Quran.

"@HollyRFisher Holly Hobby Lobby the new face of the American Taliban," the tweet said.

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"I'm holding my first and second amendment rights in my hands, and it all represents freedom," Fisher said in response in an interview on "Fox & Friends" Wednesday morning. "And they want to compare me to a woman who thinks quite the opposite."

No stranger to provocative photos, Fisher posted the Fourth of July snapshot as a follow-up to another Twitter photo in which she's standing in front of a Hobby Lobby store wearing an anti-abortion T-shirt and holding a Chick-fil-A cup.

"ATTENTION LIBERALS: do NOT look at this picture," she tweeted with the photo. "Your head will most likely explode."

Below are other Twitter reactions from both sides of the political spectrum:  

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