If a Hi-Point is all someone can afford, it's 10,000 times better than no gun at all. But I don't think it's snobbery or elitism to suggest that considerably better designs are available, even if they are more expensive. Hi-Points are simply not as good for shooting or fighting as some other designs, which is why you don't see them in the holsters of even police/military agencies that use low-bidder contracts, never mind in the hands of serious shooters at defense classes or practical matches.
You will allways have people bagging on them because they are economy firearms. Just like any thing else there are plenty of snobs and elitists in the gun culture as well.