Here is a short summary of the “Stand Your Ground” Law:
Georgia’s Supreme Court wrote in 1898 — and many times since — there is no requirement that a victim of an attack first try to escape before using deadly force to stop an aggressor. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled also in 1898 that “a true man does not fly in the face of an aggressor who seeks to do him grievous bodily harm.”
“That came to be known as the ‘true man rule’ and that has evolved into the stand your ground rule,” said University of Georgia law professor Ron Carlson.
It has only been in recent years that states have included those court decisions in their laws. Florida’s adopted a stand your ground law in 2005 and Georgia in 2006, expanded upon the self-defense rights the courts have upheld for years. There are 23 other states with similar laws that allow for justifiable homicide with no requirement that the victim first try to escape; seven other states allow residents to defend themselves with deadly force in specific areas — such as at home in the car or at the workplace.