I actually think sniping is pretty well balanced with all the nerfs. I am a quickscoper... well actually i prefer to call myself an aggressive sniper. The only thing i find annoying is using the silencer, it means to get a OHK = god accuracy. All the nerfs actually mean is that those who have actually taken the time to master their accuracy, response time, and situational awareness will still be competitive using a sniper, and those who have not will do constantly bad.
Truth be told if they nerfed quickscoping into oblivion, i.e made the draw time unusuable. I would still snipe, as most my kills are the reward of being situational aware, i will often pop around a corner prescoped, knowing exactly where my potential opponent is likely to be and shoot. The only thing that will ruin the sniping experience entirely (for me) is if the OHK became too hard to achieve. A sniper rifles attraction is OHK, if the accuracy barrier becomes too hard, then it spoils it for the casual player who wants to snipe as well. COD is not designed for the pro player nor should it ever be. With ghosts you actually have to be very good or play exceptionally bad players to do consistently well without bush camping. I don't see this trend changing, and hope it does not. In my opinion sniping in Ghosts is the most i have enjoyed so far.
If I had to paraphrase your post I would say that you are upset because you want to stand a chance at close range and that people need to accept the fact that QS'ing and other sniper specific activities are a part of the CoD series and not an exploit of game mechanics. Does that sound accurate?
The snipers haven't been nerfed in months. I'm not a great sniper but I have no trouble killing with any of them except for the Maverick (that gun has always hated me). I can QS with any of them without even needing quick draw. So I can only assume that if you are unable to use sniper rifles in their current state that the problem is your own level of skill. Either that or you've just mentally convinced yourself that they don't work and therefore believe it. There's nothing wrong with the snipers in Ghosts. I see them in use regularly in my matches. Those using them don't seem to be having any trouble getting kills. I know that I don't have any issues when I use them either. So that only leaves your own skill level just not being up to par with the general community. I can only suggest that you get back to basics. You aren't ready to run around willy nilly and truthfully that never was a good idea in any COD. So learn how to move around the maps without being such an easy target. Then you won't have to worry so much about what the other guy is using. You'll still have the OHK advantage over him.
I am a sniper lover though I do use ARs and SMGs more than anything only because the snipers get so much dev hate. When you patch my favorite weapon class over and over solely because people don't understand whats happening that's a problem. But the cause of all the confusion are two things: Confirmation Bias and Inaccurate Killcams. I want to know why the devs use a mislead community backlash to fuel a serious of patches to destroy the sniper class?
In each cod cycle the snipers get patched 3-5 times. I want to snipe and not get punished for doing going well, but this makes me feel like your specifically targeting a minority (I.E. The Sniper Community) for the flood of new players whom are sour they were countered and cant look at an accurate kill cam to show them they were legitimately quickscoped, pop shot, drag scoped, or even trick shot. These things take an extremely long time to master and now we get patches from the devs for our loyalty since the good old days when sniping was amazing. I've played each CoD yet each time the snipers get worse and worse...
Now i can get destroyed by an extremely low recoil LMG across the map so why try?
Skill. Use it.
If you have good aim, you can wreck LMG users, especially at range.
"But the cause of all the confusion are two things: Confirmation Bias and Inaccurate Killcams"
Saying that, and then saying "extremely low recoil LMG"...
The reason people say that the LMGs have "no recoil" is because of the misleading killcams making most guns look like lasers. This applies to LMGs as well, which leads to much confusion in those "Nerf the M27" threads.
So basically you suck at using snipers? go QS some bots or use a regular full auto gun. I QS just fine and so do many others, just because its not Blops 2 easy mode sniping doesn't mean the class is bad, whats useless is what you have sitting between the chair and the controller.
Sniping and Quick scoping is an abuse of a fault of the system. That is why they are trying to patch it and nerf it. Ghost has done a lot in trying to bring it to level with other guns and it was about time.
Maybe instead of trying to quickscope you use the sniper the right way, I was on stonehaven yesterday on SnR and completely dominated the other team I went 18 and 0 with a USR and didn't miss one shot, all kills from across the map. (I used the weapon how it was meant to be used) The snipers are definitely not as useless as you say they are.