Not from where I'm sitting. My Facebook feed is full of people Rush would classify as liberals (in that they vote Democratic and probably don't write checks to the NRA) trying to sort out their feelings and asking that the country have a discussion about guns. The more heated comments are saying access to guns needs to be limited; it's too easy for mentally unstable individuals to arm themselves to the teeth. One person compares the NRA to the Taliban. But is that blaming Republicans (the NRA writes checks ot an awful lot of Democrats)? I don't think so. The overwhelming sentiment is that we have to work on this problem and end the massacres. The most linked story I'm seeing this morning is a piece from The Atlantic back in July called "A Land Without Guns: How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths."
Meanwhile, the take from conservatives is something along the lines of how this wouldn't have happened if the teacher had been armed with a gun.
This post isn't about that point or the gun debate. There's a thread about that already. It's about the political discourse around tragedy and this idea that the leading conservative voice in the country went on the air and immediately claimed victim status. Limbaugh looked at the tragedy unfolding (and his show was on the air when a lot of the details were still in question) and decided to set a very particular tone and that tone was partisan. According to that Politico story, here were his exact words:
[The shooting] is just awful. It is terrible, incomprehensible but I’m going to tell you something – as we sit here at this very moment, you know it and I know it – there are liberals trying to find a way to blame this on conservatives or Republicans.
It's terrible, but we're going to get the blame here, so prepare yourselves. What's that called, bunker mentality?