[Waukesha, WI] – Former Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch released the following statement following the tragic events at the Waukesha Christmas Parade:

“My heart is broken for the victims and families in Waukesha who gathered to celebrate the Christmas season at a parade that ended in unthinkable tragedy. I cannot begin to comprehend the pain they are feeling. As the mother of a teenage girl who marches in parades with her dance team or band, I cannot help but think about how easily this could have been our family.

“The heartbreak of this act is only compounded by the reality that this was yet another avoidable tragedy that occurred because a violent career criminal was allowed to walk free and terrorize our community.

“Right now is the time for us to come together as a state to pray and provide support to the victims and their families, healthcare workers caring for those injured, law enforcement and first responders who ran toward danger, and the entire City of Waukesha. But let there be no mistake, it is far past time to address the lawlessness plaguing our communities.

“We must reverse course and get serious about addressing crime in our communities. No more avoidable tragedies. No more allowing career criminals to walk free. No more innocent lives destroyed.”

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