Kay Bailey Hutchison, the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate, went on to become the most senior female Republican senator by the end of her tenure.

We spoke to Hutchison this morning about several topics including politics, polarization and notably, Texas’ impending campus carry implementation.

“I’m very concerned about it,” Hutchison said.

“I’m very strongly for the Second Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms…. Chancellor [William] McRaven, I thought, made a very courageous stand against that option on the campus — where you’ve got young people who maybe are not yet mature and a lot of innocent people.”

“I understand why the legislature looked at it,” Hutchison said, citing recent school shootings. “It’s a terrible thing. But I also think there are great risks, and I think the ability for the administration to say where firearms would be allowed is helpful. If it’s a dorm, I think that would be off limits; there should be safe places for the guns to be kept. But it does add a layer of having to deal with something like that that we’ll see. It could be problematic."

Former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison appears at the Texas Tribune Fest panel “Can The Center Hold?” on Saturday, October 17th.

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