Pat Benatar received’t perform her 1980 conventional “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” anymore.

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Amid ongoing gun violence in America, the singer says she’s come to view the tune otherwise.

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“I’m not going to sing it,” Benatar informed USA Today. 

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While the music’s meaning is set power and resiliency, Benatar said “you have to draw the line” and be aware about lyrics.

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“I can’t say those words out loud with a smile on my face, I simply can’t,” Benatar stated, including that the choice is her “small contribution to protesting.”

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The US is on tempo in 2022 to fit or surpass its worst year ever for mass shootings, in line with the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit that tracks gun violence incidents throughout the u . S .

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Benatar stated she will be able to keep perform “We Belong,” “Heartbreaker” and different hits from early in her career. 

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“Hit Me With Your Best Shot” peaked at No. Nine at the Billboard Hot one hundred and was the singer’s first Top 10 hit.

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