Joe Biden salutes bravery of Colorado theater shooting victims, police

10:50 AM, Jul 23, 2012   |    comments
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By By David Jackson, USA TODAY

Vice President Biden told a group of police officers today that, for all the sadness and horror of the Colorado theater shootings, the nation can be inspired by the courage and heroism of those who found themselves under attack.

In a subdued speech to the National Association of Police Organizations, Biden talked about the man who died while shielding his girlfriend from the shooter, and others who rushed to aid victims while the attack was still going on.

"They are the people who define who we are as a nation," Biden told the NAPO convention in Palm Beach, Fla. "People stepped up. ... They make us proud of our country."

Biden also praised the police response in Aurora, Colorado.

Police officers already know of the dangers in the world, Biden said, but they can take heart by the reactions of the people in theater.

"It's because of you, it's because of them, that Americans remain hopeful in the midst of this tragedy," Biden said.

The vice president also told the police organization: "There's a helluva more good out there in the world than the evil you're sworn to take on."

USA TODAY

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