Considering their high price and low quality I don't blame them for pirating it. I do the same thing. And if it wasn't for my college mandating their use I wouldn't be using them at all. Also I usually just get the same info on the net for the assignments for free rather than the text book. Hell all my text books are never opened except for looking at the questions for the assignment. Why are we using these again?
This is actually one of the reasons why the 2nd amendment exists. So citizens can protect themselves against this sort of thing. Gun laws would just make things worst because not only would criminals not obey them. But guess who are the guys that would enforce those laws.