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439 The Gun Debate
Mark debates whether guns should be legal.

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in this day and age

In this day and age, I don't see the point of having a gun.

'In this day and age' is a phrase that is used to mean right now. Notice the following:

  1. In this day and age it is very easy to work with people from other countries.
  2. In this day and age kids grow up so quickly.

being from Canada

Being from Canada, I'm very much against ownership of guns.

We can use the phrase 'being from' at the beginning or end of a sentence to give reasoning for the opinion in the sentence. Notice the following:

  1. Being a mother, I can't understand why people would let their children do that.
  2. Being a scientist, I have to say that your explanation does not make sense.

liberal person

Generally, I'm a kind of liberal person, but not when it comes to guns.

A 'liberal person' is a person who is open-minded about things like new ideas, different cultures, etc. A liberal person thinks that others should do able to act and think in whatever way they want. Notice the following:

  1. He used to be a very liberal person when he was younger.
  2. We need to find a liberal person for a position like this.

strict fines

If there were strict fines and those fines were enforced, violent gun crimes would decrease.

A 'fine' is an amount of money that you have to pay for breaking a law. A 'strict fine' is one where you have to pay a lot of money. If people have to pay a lot of money for doing something they probably will be more motivated not to do it. Notice the following:

  1. Strict fines don't work if people are very rich.
  2. The government should have strict fines for people who drink alcohol and drive. The system they have is not working.

I hear what you're saying

I hear what you're saying, but who is committing violent gun crime?

You can say 'I hear what you're saying' when you understand the logic or the information that someone is giving you. This phrase is usually used before a making a statement of disagreement. Notice the following:

  1. I hear what you're saying. That is something that has been difficult for me to understand as well.
  2. I hear what you're saying, but I still don't think he will change his mind.