The Home Secretary has defended the practise of British police remaining unarmed.
Theresa May said; "We're clear we have a British model of policing, that is the one our police very much support. I think that routine unarmed policing that goes on our streets is right. I don't think this is the time for us to be calling for the arming of police."
Sir Hugh Orde, President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, told ITV News there is "no desire" to arm British police officers.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg warned against any kneejerk calls to arm British police after the death of two officers in a grenade and gun attack.
Mr Clegg said: "I don't think this is the time to rush to instant judgements, this really is a time for mourning and support, of course, for the family and friends of the two women who have been killed.
"We have a long tradition in this country, which is a great tradition, of policing in the community, of the police being part of the public and the public supporting and giving their consent to the police.
He added: "I think it is the kind of thing that you need to look at very carefully and certainly not, even though I know emotions are running high, in an instant way after this terrible, terrible tragedy."
We asked our Facebook followers whether British police should be armed after two officers were killed in Greater Manchester yesterday. Here are a few of the responses:
– Jack Bowden
Against my better judgement, I think it is time for the British Police to be armed. How many more innocent people have to die to bring about this revolution. It's a great upset that we are being forced into this corner, but it's just a matter of changing times. My thoughts are with the families affected by this tragedy.
– Claire Goldie
I don't think issusing police with firearms will solve problems look at other countries with firearms hasn't done them any good its just going to intice more kids to get guns and use them. There's too much crime in the UK.
– Marta Newman
Because of the type of world we live in ... Yes, police officers should be armed for their own safety. Those poor policewomen stood no chance when confronted by such evil!
A 2006 poll from the Police Federation found that 82 per cent of officers did not want to be routinely armed while on duty.
Similar polls conducted in 2003 and 1995 also showed that officers were overwhelmingly against being armed, according to the Police Federation.
Sir Hugh Orde, President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said British police do not "want to be armed" and "guns do not necessarily solve the problem", during an interview with BBC Radio 4.
Chairman of Greater Manchester Police Federation, Ian Hanson, has told Daybreak that it is "far too early" to be discussing equipping officers with firearms and the death penalty.
Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 23, were killed in the line of duty while attending a "routine incident" yesterday.
The former Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick has told Daybreak that many police officers 'simply do not want to carry firearms'.
The twin brother of Pc David Rathband, who was shot and blinded while on duty, has called for police officers to be routinely armed.
Darren Rathband, formerly of Staffordshire Police and now serving in South Australia, said 21st century policing demanded that officers carried weapons.
David Rathband, a father-of-two, was shot and left for dead by gunman Raoul Moat in July 2010.Pc Rathband was sitting unarmed in his patrol car in Newcastle's West End when Moat crept up on him, tapped on his window and blasted him twice with a sawn-off shotgun.His identical twin said:
"The events today bring it all back to the front of your mind - not that it is ever far away."It is just tragic for the families, the police officers in Manchester and across the country.
"It beggars belief. How many officers need to die before the powers realise that it is the 21st century and you cannot fight crime with an outdated piece of plastic and a bit of spray.
"No job is a routine job and there is always the potential for conflict. We don't go on jobs where people are happy to see us.
"I am angry some other families have now lost a daughter, sister, mother or wife and it makes me angry that the thin blue line is getting thinner and thinner.
"If the public knew how thin that thin blue line was, they would be ashamed."