Eminem Prefers Fists to Guns

I love, love, love Eminem and so, I will take any opportunity to write about him and with his new book, The Way I Am, just out, there are sure to be tons of juicy stories coming out about this oh-so-fabulous rapper. The most recent story has Em talking about guns and the tragic role that they have played in his life, and how this is why he no longer condones the carrying or use of guns as a way to solve problems. His solution to anger? Use your fists! Ya gotta love it! From Contact Music,

“Rapper EMINEM has confessed he carried a gun during his years as a young hellraiser – after being taught how to shoot at the age of seven.
The Slim Shady hitmaker was using firearms for target practice as a child, and later carried them wherever he went.
But now he prefers to settle disputes with his fists – because he has lost so many friends and relatives to gun crime.
He says, “I went through a phase when I was pulling guns out, pointing a pistol in somebody’s face, not even realising that I could’ve gone to jail for that s**t.
“Guns and violence have been around me my whole life – in my family life, my social life, everywhere. I’ve just always had a fascination with them… When I was seven-years-old I was handling my Uncle Todd’s Colt. 45. He had me shooting at beer cans at that age. Sounds crazy but it’s true.”
But the rapper admits he has learned his lesson and does not use guns any more.
He adds: “Anyone who has a gun will tell you that at first it makes them feel powerful. I was infatuated. I don’t feel that way now. I’ve lost too many friends, family members, loved ones to gun violence. I’d much rather use my fists.”

Now what I love about this, besides the obvious fact that it’s said by the great Marshall Mathers, is that he doesn’t talk about how watching loved ones die by guns has made him a more peaceful person and has made him focus on what’s important. No, for Eminem, it’s simply been a matter of turning to other, probably non-fatal modes of violence. Good, good! Of course I’m not saying that I condone the use of fists for settling matters but this just shows Eminem’s true character, and his ghetto way of dealing with things, and his take-no-guff attitude. It’s what we love, it’s why we keep coming back.

As an interesting side note, looking at this picture, I think that may be a new tattoo he’s bearing on his forearm. Proof was one of his fellow rappers in the group D12 and he was recently killed by gunshot in 2006.

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