I don't think that's a fair characterization. What people like me are saying is that if you are driving such that the handling advantages of AWD matter, then you are driving way too fast for the conditions because that AWD isn't going to help you stop or steer.Anyone saying you just need tires is more interested in arguing on the internet...
Now, if you are a winter rally driver, AWD obviously is a giant advantage (not that they would ever think it was a substitute for snow tires though.) And if you regularly have to drive on steep unplowed driveways, like someone said, then I also agree that it's useful (but in that situation I'm not convinced that AWD with all-seasons does better than FWD with snow tires.) If that's your use case, you probably want both.
I just think there's a bunch of people who say that AWD is a "must-have" who have never put on a pair of snow tires in their life, and I think that's an uninformed opinion.