And that bear had no idea you had a gun and if it did it wasn't the gun that scared it away...it was your presence that scared away. The bear did not look at you to see if you had a gun to decide if it was going to attack you or not.
You keep making these assumptions as the basis for an argument. I say again...your argument stinks like a pile of skittish deer crap. Perhaps it was the smell that chased the bear away?
BTW I've been bear hunting as well...not just skittish deer hunting. The very idea that you're arguing a bear saw that you had a gun and based on it being able to tell that you had a gun it decided to run away is ridiculous even for you. If I pull a gun on my dog do you think he'll run away because he knows what a gun is?
It had to have been able to tell what we were before we got a good look at it.
Animals figure out threats and rewards based on context pretty quickly, I've had deer pass within less than an arm's length of me, in a place where humans are probably no threat to them, not so much in other circumstances.
It veered off when I held the gun up, whether it recognized the shape or the smell, it wasn't until that point where it lost it curiosity.
Anyways, how many times have you shot your dog or shot other dogs in its presence, wild animals have a lot more reason to be wary of human actions than pets.