I'm a natural born US citizen, with a very old drug felony on my record, due to an addiction. It wasn't violent
in any way, nor are there any other incidents, violent or otherwise. I'm a vet and model citizen, but as I understand it, I have lost certain rights such as 2nd amendment, passport and travel, and who knows what else?
Would it be prudent to renounce my US citizenship, and list it as simply American to escape these unfair restrictions of freedom? If so, what would I lose? What would I gain? How much does it cost? Is it difficult to do? Would there be retribution by the government?
I'm almost 60 years old, and can't travel or hunt as i am led to believe, so the pros and cons must be realistically looked at, one mistake has taken all I love away, and non US citizens are enjoying benefits and freedoms formerly enjoyed by only citizens and those who payed into it all their lives, that seems to have changed and if there's a benefit for me to remain a citizen, I'd certainly like to know about it.
The main question is what are the costs, pros and cons of renouncing my citizenship?