In the wake of multiple mass shootings across the country, Pat Benatar is keeping her most popular song in her holster.
The singer is refusing to perform her 1980 song "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" to protest gun violence.
"We're not doing 'Hit Me With Your Best Shot' and fans are having a heart attack," Pat told USA Today. "And I'm like, I'm sorry, in deference to the victims of the families of these mass shootings, I'm not singing it."
Although the song doesn't encourage gunplay, the 69-year-old said, "You have to draw the line."
An unapologetic Pat said fans can "go home and listen to [the song]" if they really want to hear it.
"I can't say those words out loud with a smile on my face, I just can't. I'm not going to go on stage and soapbox — I go to my legislators," she said. "That's my small contribution to protesting. I'm not going to sing it. Tough."
Pat will continue to perform other hit songs, including "Love Is A Battlefield" and "We Belong."
The refusal to perform the song follows horrific mass shooting incidents in Buffalo, New York, Uvalde, Texas and Highland Park, Illinois, among others.
According to Gun Violence Archive, there have already been 357 mass shootings in the United States in 2022.