The criticisms of recordkeeping -- unduly burdensome, a step down the slippery slope to gun registry -- are specious and paranoid. That's infuriating but irrelevant. Background checks with recordkeeping won't get the 60 votes necessary to pass the Senate. Background checks without recordkeeping will.I'm reliably told that despite its continuing fulminating, the NRA may not actively oppose expanded checks without recordkeeping. Such a measure would be a huge, if imperfect, achievement -- a possibility to be seized, not squandered.