MANALAPAN, Fla. - Vice President Joe Biden remembered the victims of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado -- and honored the people who saved victims' lives -- during an Obama for America campaign appearance at the National Association of Police Organizations annual convention in Manalapan, Florida, on Monday.
"We've always talked about policy," Biden told a crowd of several hundred people. "But, it doesn't seem appropriate to talk about that in the wake of what happened on Friday."
Biden told the group of law enforcement union members that the nation came together on Friday as it did after mass shootings in Columbine, Colorado, Fort Hood, Texas and Tucson, Arizona.
"For any of you who, like me, grieved the sudden loss of a loved one, you know at this moment there is nothing but that feeling of a black hole in your chest. You feel like you're being sucked into it," he said. "We weep for the families who lost their loved ones. Twelve innocent people. A six-year-old girl."
In Aurora, Colorado on Friday it took police officers about 90 seconds to get to the movie theater after receiving the first call.
Biden told his law enforcement audience, "Thank God there are people like you, in this moment of grief the entire nation is reminded of how grateful we are for what you do. And I truly believe, notwithstanding all of the political chatter we will hear, I truly believe the vast majority of the American people are as committed as I am to not letting you down."
Biden also praised members of the public who helped rescue the wounded.
"[The] 19-year-old man, on his way out of the theater safely, who turned back toward the gunfire when he heard the screaming of a mother asking for help for her children; an ordinary young man. A young woman, sitting in the third row in the theater, who rushed to apply pressure to an injured man's head instead of rushing to safety. These are the people who define who we are as a nation," he said. "They are the heroes of our hope."