I’m glad they did have security but yes, I find it odd also.
Not odd at all. About a year ago, my small church had a weekend seminar with a nationally known writer who had some not too nice (but true)things thigs to say about redical Islam. One of the church elders asked me if would stand out back to keep an eye on things. He asked if I had any protection. I asked if he could see the lump on the inside of my left ankle?