Illustrations: Emmanuel Polanco,

There are an estimated 10 billion bullets sold in the US every year. That’s 31 for every man, woman and child.

At the Chicago Sun-Times, we’re tired of writing headlines about gun violence. So, in order to honor our commitment to being brutally honest, and unflinchingly brave, we’re addressing the issue head on—compiling gun violence solutions and arming people with a different kind of ammunition.

Knowledge. Education. Action.

31 bullets to counter the negative effect that these actual bullets create.

We will be unveiling each of these bullet points through social media, articles, and print—informing and arming you, the reader.

There isn’t one perfect answer or action to defeat gun violence in America. But by bringing together the most powerful solutions, we can arm people with the tools to combat the problem.