President Obama was having a bad political day on Thursday. Russian dictator Vladimir Putin had humiliated him in Syria, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu had excoriated his Iran deal before the United Nations, and his Secret Service had been caught leaking information about a Republican congressperson.

Then the clouds parted for the deeply cynical president -- the same president who routinely ignores shootings in inner cities across the country, or attributes them to generalized American racism. News broke of a mass shooting at a community college in Oregon. And before waiting to find out all the facts, he leapt directly into political controversy, redirecting the national conversation once again toward useless gun control measures.

Here is, so far, what we know.

The community college campus was a gun free zone – so “gun free” that waterguns were banned on campus.

The only security guard on campus was unarmed.

Oregon has universal background checks, and strengthened its gun laws just months ago.

Most interestingly, The New York Daily News quoted an eyewitness thusly:

The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were christian. If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn't answer, they were shot in the legs.

It has now been several hours since the gunman was killed. We still don’t know his name. That’s a far cry from mass shootings in the past.

Nonetheless, Obama focused his ire on Republicans – of course, because law-abiding Republicans who wish to protect law-abiding gunowners are the big problem, given that the gunman apparently met zero of those descriptors. “There’s been another mass shooting in America,” Obama said with dramatic flourish. “Our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s not enough.”

Obama and the left want your guns. That’s all. End of story.

What would be enough? Obama explained eagerly:

We’re not the only country on Earth that has people with mental illnesses or want to do harm to other people. We are the only advanced country on earth that sees these mass shootings every few months…This is a political choice that we make to allow this to happen every few months in America. We collectively are answerable to those families, who lose their loved ones, because of our inaction.

No, in fact, we are not. The gunman is responsible for his actions. The only politicians responsible for the gunman’s success are those who refuse to allow law-abiding citizens to protect themselves. But Obama couldn’t stop his scorn for gun-owners from seeping forth. Saying that people would undoubtedly accuse him of politicizing the shooting, Obama stated, “this is something we should politicize.” He tacitly attacked the National Rifle Association, asking gunowners if the NRA truly spoke for them. “How can you, with a straight face, argue that more guns will make us safer?” Obama whined.

They do, in the right hands. Data show that more guns held by law-abiding citizens decrease crime. If Obama believes differently, he can surrender his Secret Service protection at any time.

Then Obama made his big pitch:

We have seatbelt laws because we know it saves lives. So the notion that our freedom and our Constitution prohibits any modest regulation of how we use a deadly weapon—when there are law-abiding gun owners who would hunt and protect their families and do everything they do under such regulations—doesn’t make sense.

What modest regulations does Obama propose, exactly? He has nothing to propose that would have stopped this shooting. Zero. 0.

The only real answer, as everyone knows: disarm the American people completely. Obama doesn’t want “modest regulations.” And despite the rhetoric from Vice President Joe Biden suggesting that the Constitution doesn’t protect rocket launchers and bazookas, the shooter didn’t have any of those weapons.

Obama and the left want your guns. That’s all. End of story.

Over the course of the last several years, politicians and pundits of the left have shied away from calls for complete gun confiscation. No longer. The mainstreaming of gun confiscation has begun with the White House. President Obama explicitly praised Australia and Great Britain for their gun regimes. Both countries largely ban guns and have taken part in mass registration and/or confiscation.

And why shouldn’t the left want your guns? President Obama has already dismissed the notion that the Second Amendment was meant to protect citizens from government tyranny. Next, he’ll come after the guns with the government, all the while maintaining that tyranny is merely an intellectual conceit of the right-wing conspiracy theorists. If the government is just another name for the things we do together, as Obama claims, then why can’t we all just take our guns away from ourselves?

But don’t worry – Obama continues to maintain that if you like your guns, you can keep your guns. Why shouldn’t we believe him, based on past experience?

UPDATE: Law enforcement has now said that the shooter is 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, a student at the college. Updates will be added as they become available. This story has been changed to reflect additional facts (e.g. the earliest version of this story reflected media reports that the shooter was 20 years old).