Ashley Hlebinsky is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on firearms history. Recently, she served as both Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum (CFM) and Project Director for the museum’s multimillion dollar renovation that reopened in July 2019. Due to her and her team’s efforts, the museum has received positive reviews from both gun and mainstream media and is seen as the premiere gun museum in the world that fosters dialogue for a range of diverse audiences
Additionally, Hlebinsky is a highly sought-after museum consultant, guest speaker, writer, expert witness in the US and Canada, and a television host and producer.
In 2018, she founded the first academic association in the United States for the study of firearms history. As a historian who remains apolitical, Hlebinsky holds a unique niche in the field of firearms, engaging with many communities, including industry, academic, and media. She actively works to increase the level of scholarship in the United States to help create a better understanding of guns for the public. This work directly impacts legislation as well as university curriculum.
In response to her public education, she was awarded the NSSF/POMA Shooting Sports Communicator of the Year award and recently accepted the position of Curator Emerita and Senior Firearms Scholar at the CFM – an honor typically reserved for the end of one’s career – as well as Adjunct Scholar of Firearms History, Technology and Culture for the Firearms Policy Coalition, so that she can continue to expand her advocacy beyond the walls of the museum.
Ashley also has many TV credits to her name, including in 2018, when she joined a panel of celebrity judges for the Discovery Channel competition series, “Master of Arms”.
Beth Baumann is an Associate Editor for Townhall. Previously, Beth was the Social Media Writer for Townhall Media and the former Outreach Specialist for Tedder Industries, a concealed carry holster manufacturer. Beth also has served as a Contributor at Bearing Arms, PolitiChicks and TheBlaze, where she provided political commentary and investigative journalism.
Prior to joining Tedder Industries, Beth was an Account Coordinator at Desmond & Louis Public Relations in Southern California, where she managed multiple client accounts, garnered media attention for her clients, conducted political fundraising and helped with event management.
Beth was also the Communications Assistant at The American Conservative Union, where she helped with planning and executing different aspects of CPAC 2014, including social media, media strategy and crisis management.
Her work has been featured in The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, World Net Daily and Human Events.
Beth has garnered media attention for her clients in The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, Breitbart, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Sacramento Bee, The Los Angeles Times, as well as in local papers and trade magazines.
Alan “Krutch” Krutchkoff is the President of Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Inc. which supports Camp 4 Heroes.
Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Inc. is an all-volunteer 501 (c ) (3) public, non-profit charity that has been improving the morale of America’s warriors in harm’s way since April 2003.
AaSP also supports Camp 4 Heroes, a “retreat for life” in North Carolina aimed at suicide prevention. AaSP and its partners/benefactors have donated well over $100,000 to the Camp’s development.
“I drive the bus,” Alan describes his role as president of AaSP. “It’s a huge team effort to support the brave men and women of America’s armed forces in harm’s way and it’s a huge honor, privilege and enormous challenge to keep the machine going – and growing.”
AaSP’s mission has three distinct spokes: sending care packages to Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coasties all over the world; making Morale/Welfare/Recreation Military Appreciation visits abroad, at US bases and aboard ships; taking care of Wounded/Recovering Veterans. In 2017, AaSP spent over $250,000 to enable our Veterans to be more independent and self reliant.
Krutchkoff served a stint in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Era and then travelled from England to Afghanistan (15,000 miles in an old van) before returning home to an advertising job for a supermarket holding company. As an entrepreneur, he owned a small jewelry manufacturing business, an equine art gallery and spent 10 years marketing Thoroughbreds for Calumet Farm of Lexington, KY, one the world’s most prestigious Thoroughbred racing and breeding farms. From 1993 to 2009, Krutchkoff worked for Unilever – a global consumer products giant.
Alan and his wife Mary-Edna live in Fair Lawn, NJ, and have three sons and three granddaughters. Mary-Edna is a Registered Nurse and is the volunteer Vice President of Wounded Care for AaSP. Alan is also a member of the American Legion Post 171 in Fair Lawn, NJ, and has served as its Service Officer.
Awards and Recognition:
U.S. Army Commendation Medal for Civilian Service
U.S. Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service
State of New Jersey Commendation Medal
Ellis Island Medal of Honor
Philip Mazzei Americanism Grand Patriot Award from UNICO National
Bergen County American Legion Commendation Award 2018
NJ Probation Association 2017 Organization/Citizen of the Year
Fair Lawn, NJ, Chamber of Commerce Organization/Citizen of the Year 2016
Alan is also the owner of Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. He also writes as “The Uninvited Ombudsman” on his Blog titled “Page Nine” on Gunlaws.com.
Alan has been a freelance writer for over 30 years, and his first book, the Arizona Gun Owner’s Guide, is in its 26th edition. He has written several books, among them Gun Laws of America, Supreme Court Gun Cases, The Heller Case: Gun Rights Affirmed! and his book on free speech, about the (at least) 186 things you can’t say anymore, entitled, Bomb Jokes at Airports was published in 2011.
His newest book is Your First Gun, for people new to gun ownership, and for gun owners to give to their gunless friends. Alan also has headed up the Guns Save Lives awareness campaign. And he is a watchdog over the “slick tongues” of our elected officials.
GunFreedomRadio EP112 Memorial Day 2018
Hour #1 Guests:
– Ashley Hlebinsky – the Robert W. Woodruff Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Hlebinsky is the first female firearm curator at the most prestigious firearms museum in the United States, and she is the recipient of the prestigious NSSF/POMA Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator of the Year Award! Ashley just hosted a gathering of Museum Curators from across the globe on the topic of “Ethics of Firearms in Museums”.
– Beth Baumann – Social Media Writer at Townhall Media where she runs evening and weekend social media for the network. She also contributes frequently to Townhall’s Notebook section and Twitchy. Beth recently wrote an article about measures being taken by the UN to impact the gun rights of American citizens.
Hour #2 Guests:
– Alan “Krutch” Krutchkoff – the President of Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Inc. which supports Camp 4 Heroes. This non-profit charity that has been improving the morale of America’s warriors in harm’s way since April 2003. And Camp 4 Heroes is a “retreat for life” in North Carolina aimed at suicide prevention.
– Alan Korwin – a prolific writer, owner of Bloomfield Press and leading expert in United States gun law. Alan wrote an article recently in CJR concerning Censorship via lack of competition in our news-sources.
– Rob Morse – author of the SlowFacts Blog & co-host of The Polite Society Podcast. Rob recently wrote an article titled “We Are Paying To Get Our Kids Murdered” – in which he takes issue with the celebrit-i-zing of murderers.
Responsibly Armed Citizen Report
In Flander’s Fields: In Flanders Fields (May 1915) “In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders Fields. Take up your quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders Fields.” – Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (1872-1918)
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