I don't know why someone would want an AR-15 but I don't think in terms of "satisfying the second amendment". The Second Amendment is what it is. The Supreme Court said it guarantees an individual right to firearms. I don't think that is what was ever intended by the writers of the constitution but the Supreme Court says that is what it means. I disagree with lots of Supreme Court decisions. People can "glorify" what they want. The fact that some people enjoy accumulating large numbers of guns doesn't make them wrong or evil. What I think people like you that condemn the "gun culture" don't understand is one simple and major factor: Guns are fun. Firing a projectile weapon is one of the most natural acts a person can do and it is flat out enjoyable. I own only a shotgun that I haven't fired in the better part of a year but if I could afford to and had a convenient place to do so I would like to acquire a number of guns that interest me. Most people that claim they need a gun for "protection" know full well that it is very unlikely they could ever actually use one in that manner. But it gives them at least the veneer of a serious and noble purpose for owning a firearm rather than just "they're fun".