There will always be people who are proud of not doing things the right way. Snow tires make sense in snowy climates period. Today it seems that people make fun of people for all kinds of reasons. People who can barely read or write laugh at educated literal people. Smokers actually defend smoking. Those who never steal movies or music are mocked by kids who see it as normal. For a large portion of the population it is way more important to not take good advice or take precautions to be a safe winter driver.
I know I am getting old when I start to think that "getting away with something" or breaking rules is the new normal. I don't care what personal choice people make about tires. It is up to you.Not having insurance is fine until something happens.
On a side note, this crazy logic is pretty evident in gun people saying more guns makes things safer.