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From New York Daily News

He’s going to prison for collecting heavy artillery, but rapper T.I. marched in Harlem Monday with his sights aimed at stopping gun violence.

The Grammy-winning artist joined the Rev. Al Sharpton at a rally honoring the memory of 13-year-old Christopher Owen and 17-year-old Cory Squires, both recently gunned down.

T.I., who is set to begin a year-long federal prison stint next week for possession of illegal firearms, urged city teens not follow in his footsteps.

“I carried guns and swung dope as a 13-year-old,” the 28-year-old Atlanta-born entertainer said. “I had my best friend taken away from me through guns. I was so hurt from the loss of his life, I didn’t take notice to the knowledge that I still had mine.”

Since pleading guilty in March to federal charges of illegally possessing machine guns and silencers, T.I.’s new motto has been “Bury Da Beef.”

father of six, T.I. implored kids to think before pulling a gun to settle differences, saying, “you’re not just killing a man, you’re killing a family.”

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