Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said Thursday he didn’t think anyone in history had ever been afraid of Chris Cuomo, a response to the CNN host’s suggestion that Cruz feared coming on the network to defend his stance on gun rights.

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) with The Federalist‘s Ben Domenech, Cruz spoke out strongly against Democrats’ calls for gun control, saying their answer was always to strip away Second Amendment rights.

Domenech joked at one point whether Cuomo had tweeted in the past five minutes Cruz was afraid to come on “New Day” and talk about gun rights.

“You know, I am quite certain in the history of the universe, nobody has ever been afraid of Chris Cuomo,” Cruz said, drawing laughter.