People have free will, haven't they? Why then do people claim they had no choice?
What they really mean is that the other possibilities were less preferable.
In what regard depends on the convictions, beliefs and thoughts of the individual who made the choice.
Usually it means there was no other choice that would have been to their benefit, either to the same degree as the choice they made or at all.
If people have free will, people are responsibile for their own thoughts and choices.
Free will includes the ability to choose subconsciously as well as consciously. No matter what ruled in the choice made it is still part of the human being who made the choice or had the thought.
People are able to choose an outcome that is not to their benefit, not entirely to their own benefit, beneficial for their visions, turn out beneficial in the future, beneficial for loved ones, beneficial for society. On the other hand people can decide to let chance rule. In this case their decision to leave it to chance is the choice that makes them responsible for whatever this choice resulted in be it thought, choice or action.
Being aware of the choice made is not a necessity that is included in making a choice, since people consist of both subconsciousness and consciousness. Decisions are formed in subconsciousness which only informs one's consciousness of what is going on when the information is wanted or absolutely necessesary, otherwise all human minds would be stuck in contant dead lock by the comtemplation of the massive input that results in the decision. Since nobody can be completely aware of what is going on in their own subconscious mind, nobody is truely aware of the process itself, of the aspects that enter the process of the choice itself and/or all relevant aspets and the weight which the aspect ultimately had in the decision made.
People are able to think! People are able to make a choise!
People can direct both their thoughts and choices!
People are responsible for them, or aren't they?