Yes, you read that right. It's not a piece of Borowitz satire or a piece from the Onion. The NRA is really attacking Thomas the Tank Engine. For those of you without small children, Thomas the Tank Engine is a series based on an animated character who works on a railroad on the mythical island of Sodor, which looks a lot like England. He has a bunch of friends who are also engines who work with him - Percy, James, Emily - and other friends like Harold the helicopter and Cranky the crane. Occasionally they come across engines from outside Sodor, like Hiro, an old broken down Mikado-class engine from Japan, or the Logging Locos, three irresponsible narrowgauge engines from the US, or Ashima, a tank engine from India there for a railway show. The early shows were mostly just scenes filmed on an extensive train layout. Now there are books, poorly animated specials and movies using modern computer graphics. So far so good. (And BTW the Internet is a great tool for parents with small kids who have a million questions. "What kind of locomotive is Dash? Why can't he run on regular rails? How do switches work on narrow rails? Do they have those in the US?") But now the NRA is OUTRAGED!!!1!!!1 that they have a new character - Nia from Africa. From their TV channel: "This is horrible. That's where it gets really strange to me. Am I to understand this entire time that Thomas and his trains were white? Because they all have gray faces. How do you bring ethnic diversity? I mean, they had to paint what I guess they thought was some sort of African pattern on the side of Nia's engine." And to drive the point home, they photoshopped a picture of Thomas and his friends wearing KKK hoods. Do these people really have nothing better to do than to manufacture racist outrage over a children's TV show?