Director of ‘Bronx Rises Against Gun Violence,’ Caught With Illegal Guns, Sentenced To Prison

by Tommy Grant

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Why is it that so many anti-gun activists seek to strip the little people of their guns while they have their own guns, often illegally possessed? Is it a “do as I say, not as I do” thing, or is it more ominous where they want the good people disarmed so the criminal element can operate with impunity?

Just this week, Michael Rodriguez, 49, the now-former director of “Bronx Rises Against Gun Violence” was sentenced to ten years in state prison following his arrest last summer on drug and gun charges.

He took a plea bargain in the case to avoid more prison time.

Seriously.  Why do these anti-gun activists have guns around if guns truly are worthless for defensive purposes?  Hypocrites might be hypocrites but they aren’t stupid. They understand the simple truth that the only thing that stops bad people with evil in their hearts is a good guy with a gun.

It is like the lovely Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren who had illegal guns at home as one of the Michael Bloomberg “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” members. Or California State Senator Leland Yee, the consummate gun control advocate pol convicted of gun running.  Or multiple “anti-violence activists” felons in court on the same day in Chicago on felony gun charges while they were out on bail on earlier felony gun arrests.

Here’s the latest on Mr. Rodriguez from Mid-Hudson News:

GOSHEN – The director of a New York City-based anti-violence program has been sentenced in Orange County Court to 10 years in state prison on his guilty plea on felony drug and conspiracy charges.

Michael Rodriguez, 49, of Yonkers is the director of Bronx Rises Against Gun Violence, an anti-violence program that received government money and works in the Bronx to promote safer streets.

He will also face five years of post-release supervision, forfeit a car and $165,000 as ill-gotten proceeds of his crimes.

Middletown City Police had engaged in a two-year investigation into cocaine trafficking in around the city allegedly committed by Angelica Rodriguez, also known as ‘Jelly,” 49, of Otisville. The Orange County Drug Task Force assisted in the investigation.

Court-ordered eavesdropping helped crack the case when it was discovered that the same suppliers of cocaine who were providing Angelica Rodriguez and her co-conspirators with cocaine to sell, were also supplying narcotics to those in the City of Port Jervis whose police department was also involved in the investigation.

Michael Rodriguez was accused of supplying cocaine to narcotics dealers in Middletown and Port Jervis and possessing two illegal handguns.

A July 2023 warrant search of his Yonkers residence yielded over 1.5 kilos of cocaine, more than $165,000 in cash, digital scales, a money counter, two unlicensed guns, a vacuum sealer, and jewelry estimated at some $50,000.

It is not know what relationship if any Michael Rodriguez is to Jelly Rodriguez though they were clearly co-conspirators according to the news reports. For what it’s worth, he had a great tax-payer-funded gig. He couldn’t give up the criminal lifestyle, and now he’s going to enjoy prison life for the next several years.

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