By Julie Percha, ABCNews.com
In the wake of one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, Vice President Joe Biden praised the victims of last weekâ€™s movie theater massacre for inspiring the nation with their acts of courage and valor.
Speaking to a group of police officers in Manalapan, Fla., Biden somberly recalled the everyday heroes of the Aurora, Colo., shooting that left 12 dead and more than 50 injured â€” including the man who died while shielding his girlfriend from the attack, the Air Force reservist who dove to save his colleagueâ€™s life and the others who sprung into action to help wounded victims during the shooting.
â€œThese are the people who define who we are as a nation. They are the hymns of our hope,â€ Biden said, at the National Association of Police Organizationsâ€™ annual convention at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach.
â€œPeople stepped up. They make us proud of our country, and maybe more importantly at this moment, they make us confident that this country is made of that sterner stuff,â€ he said.
Bidenâ€™s talk was originally scheduled as a campaign event to discuss collective bargaining and security policy, but in light of Fridayâ€™s shooting, he said, it â€œdoesnâ€™t seem appropriateâ€ to talk politics.
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