Weaponry, whether it be something as simple as a club to anything as complex as a Barret M82 rifle or anything in between leaves a lot of us in this field with one question. Many people stop questioning this topic after the “can it kill sasquatch” dilemma has been appropriately answered to their personal standards. Nevertheless, a question still floating around is, does sasquatch recognize what a gun is? In writing this blog I hope to give an explanation to what I believe the context to this question is, as well as start an informative discussion on the topic at hand.
First, a simple answer to the question is yes sasquatch can recognize what a gun is. Still, I would like to go further into this by going back to the time period before the white man first came to America. Back when America was inhabited by the Native tribes and their forest brothers, or cannibal tribes depending on which group you ask. At this point in time, there was no such thing as black powder, bullets, or even a flintlock mechanism in the country yet. The Natives used what they had around them which primarily consisted of bone and sticks. Yet, even with such simple tools, they were highly effective hunters and warriors able to take down buffalo, deer, and other game. While they were harvesting these animals, it is only natural that the neighboring sasquatch observed them utilizing spears, tomahawks, and bows. From this observation, one can safely assume that a creature with a high mental capacity was able to learn how to make and utilize a spear at the very least. However, I want to focus on the bow and arrow for this discussion and make a connection to modern weaponry.
While I do not believe sasquatch could make a functional bow, I do think that they comprehend the use and purpose of them. From their, (the sasquatch), perspective the stick with the string shoots the sharp stick at the deer. This then leads to the deer dying and the human can take home the food. The human did not have to run-up to the deer and attack it with his hands or another object. Therefore, now looking at it from a sasquatch point of view when the sharp stick flies from the string stick an animal, human or other creature will die. For hundreds of years, it was that basic principle that the sasquatch would pass down to their future generations, thus it became a bit of everyday knowledge for them that taught them to say at a distance from humans that would react in a hostile manner.
Now, cue the song “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden, the white man has finally shown up in America and with him comes clouds of powder, loud explosions, and disease. Of course, I am only going to focus on weaponry for this. (But if you would like to listen to a very informative conversation about the disease during this time affecting sasquatch check out Matt Knapp’s “Bigfoot Crossroads, Sasquatch and the Coronavirus!” on YouTube * I feel like it is a good piece of information to give a chance) Firearms introduced new attributes that the natives, as well as the sasquatch, had to adjust to. Increased range, noise, more stopping power, and damage are some that come straight to mind. Still, there is now a new X factor that the sasquatch has to process. With the bow and arrow, it is blatantly obvious what kills the target. For years the “sharp stick” flew through the air, now there was nothing. The human simply pointed the large stick, then after loud noise and flash something in that direction would be killed, keep in mind these wounds would be more significant than an arrow would make also. No longer do they have an object to directly associate with killing the target.
Once again, this generation of sasquatch is left to teach their children to hide or run once the human points the “stick” at you. Now take a look at how weapon design has changed since this time period. The similarities are still there, in the form of a “stick” still to this day rifles and shotguns are made in the form of a stick, the only differences being the material used, less flash and either a louder or more subtle noise. While sasquatch is without a doubt highly intelligent, they have no way to process how a bullet works in conjunction with a firearm. Still to this point the only logical outlook on their behavior is a passed down basic teaching of “beware the man with a stick” mentality. Through the beginning of this learning process, they would only have lost many family members to this new weapon, which would only naturally bring forth a negative reaction from that point forward, I.E. Mike Wooley’s encounter, and cause angry or negative reactions. At the same time, these new guns doubled as a dinner bell to an easy meal. A black powder rifle has one shot and a decently long reload time, meaning it would be easy to wait around a hunter until the “boom” happened then stroll over and take his kill. However, with a modern firearm, this has become more
difficult due to semi-automatic features and magazine capacity. Still, you hear stories of this activity happening to this day.
To the best of my current knowledge, this is my best explanation on if sasquatch “knows” what a gun is. Still, until this is further proven it is merely an assumption that can be either solidified or expounded upon in the future. I would like to hear some of your thoughts on this subject and see if there are more factors truly at play.
*Bigfoot Crossroads “Sasquatch and the Coronavirus”