A company majority-owned by Torstar operates dozens of gun forums in the United States, on which users organize against gun restrictions, talk shit about mass-shooting survivors, troubleshoot problems with modifying their weapons, and fret over the possibility of reparations to African Americans.
Torstar, the corporation that publishes the Toronto Star, The Hamilton Spectator, Metro, and dozens of smaller newspapers, bought a 56 per cent equity stake in Toronto-based VerticalScope in 2015. VerticalScope operates several hundred different online forums and blogs, including more than 50 focused on firearms, with names like AR15Forums.com, FloridaConcealedCarry.com, M14Forum.com, SniperForums.com, and TheAKForum.net.
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