Christmas 2015 is history, and so are the 24-hour marathons of “A Christmas Story” on TV. While that might come as a great relief to many, at least one author thinks that the 1940s-era story of young Ralphie and his quest to own a Red Ryder B.B. gun needs to be pulled from broadcast in the wake of the 2014 Tamir Rice shooting.

So, is there a valid parallel between the film and the real life tragedy of 12-year-old Tamir Rice?

That, um, escalated quickly, as they say.

Dr. Patton appears to have left the building at this point, but that didn’t hamper the debate.