Armchair lawyering is dangerous...no law says that if you "are attacked" you cannot use force to defend yourself. In most States (like mine) you have a duty to retreat if you can do so IN COMPLETE SAFETY before using DEADLY FORCE. Which has been explained several times here already.
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Armchair lawyering is dangerous. That is why the concept of "duty to retreat" is a dangerous legal concept. Do you want someone...who wasn't there...debating whether or not you had the "ability" to "safely" retreat. But you are right. No law says that you can't defend yourself.
I haven't read the debate, but I know that in Florida "stand your ground" is an addendum to standard self defense law. It simply removes "duty to retreat" for the reason you stated (and I repeated ). If you are in a place you are legally allowed to be...you do not have the duty to retreat (in Florida). The example is that one can claim self defense without invoking "stand your ground" as the legal defense. That is what happened in the Zimmerman/Trayvon Case.
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