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My initial answer to the question Should relatives of a victim be allowed at an execution was an immediate Yes However after thinking deeply about this issue I realized I have more logic to answer No I feel relatives should not partake in witnessing the execution of their family members attacker for several reasons I believe it would not serve as a justification for vengeance it might not help with closure and its an invasion of privacy Victims family members might choose to see the execution so they can fulfill their need for an eye-for-an-eye vengeance The family members may feel that if they see this person be put to death for murdering their loved one then they could have a relief knowing that this person died for what they did However I am not one to agree with taking vengeance on another person for hurting me directly or indirectly On a deeper level I personally do not feel humans have the right to take anothers life I know this opinion could sway both ways On one side a murderer has no right to kill an innocent victim whereas the state has no right to put a person to death either Ultimately I believe God is the only one who can give life and take life While family members might think watching the execution will help them achieve their vengeance and closure I believe that in the end witnessing an execution will do more harm than good Seeing an execution is no easy event to witness as many people do not observe executions on a daily basis This fact combined with the emotional trauma of losing a loved one will only lead to the family member being left with horrid memories of the execution for a lifetime Family members think that if they actually see the person who killed their loved one be put to death for their awful act then they might feel closure
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