Anyone who makes such a threat and is in a position to carry it out is very likely to get shot.
Anyone? I don't believe in absolutes, neither do the courts.
In your statement, I'm 6' 4" tall, and some skinny little ******* tweeker tells me he's going to kick my arse cause he was panhandling looking for money and I told him to go take a hike.
I pull heat and shoot him for threatening to kick my butt cause he was close enough to immediately carry out that threat [ or attempt to ], NO jury will believe I was in fear for my life. The totality of circumstances and what a reasonable person would believe under the same circumstances plays very well here with the courts, the DA and the responding officers who will look at the facts in evidence.
Simple fist fights/scraps are not in and of themselves considered lethal in any jurisdiction in the US that I'm aware of. Yes, you may get knocked down and bump your head, yes you may get injured, yes you may kick his arse instead, or a thousand other scenario/endings you can think of, but in and of itself, the simple act of telling someone you'll kick their arse doesn't justify them to use lethal force against you.
You have to meet said force with equal force. Lethal force against you justifies your response in kind. If someone pushes you, you are not justified anywhere I know of to pull heat and escalate the situation to deadly force.
You don’t have to take a serious beating and risk your life because you’re afraid you’ll go to jail.
I wasn't suggesting anyone had to do that either.:thumsup
Showing/pulling/brandishing a firearm is not deadly force under Florida law.
Cite the statute for the members if you would please. As Swamprat mentioned, your own or an officers interpretation of some law is not reliable in and of itself. I'd speak with an atty if you have any doubt about what you can and can't do under specific circumstances.