- This research paper attempts to identify variables which may influence the public's support for requiring gun permits by looking at areas which may increase their care of safety. The variables that are explored through the General Social Survey are: knowing someone who has commited suicide or not and the number of children the respondent has. The data was analyzed through bivariate and multivariate analyses, while controlling for gender. The results showed that all assumed relationships were insignificant, meaning knowing someone who has commited suicide, and the number of children are not related to support for requiring gun permits. Through this research we may be able to begin understanding the complexity surrounding individuals attitudes on increasing safety for loved ones when considering firearm policies.